On the Internet / Edition 2

On the Internet / Edition 2

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by Hubert L. Dreyfus
     
 

Can the internet solve the problem of mass education, and bring human beings to a new level of community? Drawing on a diverse array of thinkers from Plato to Kierkegaard, On the Internet argues that there is much in common between the disembodied, free floating web and Descartes'separation of mind and body. Hubert Dreyfus also shows how Kierkegaard's

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Overview

Can the internet solve the problem of mass education, and bring human beings to a new level of community? Drawing on a diverse array of thinkers from Plato to Kierkegaard, On the Internet argues that there is much in common between the disembodied, free floating web and Descartes'separation of mind and body. Hubert Dreyfus also shows how Kierkegaard's insights into the origins of a media-obsessed public anticipate the web surfer, blogger and chat room. Drawing on studies of the isolation experienced by many internet users and the insights of philosopher such as Descartes and Kierkegaard, Dreyfus shows how the internet's privatisation of experience ignores essential human capacities such as trust, moods, risk, shared local concerns and commitment.

The second edition includes a brand new chapter on ‘Second Life’ and is revised and updated throughout.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415775168
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/29/2008
Series:
Thinking in Action Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
821,014
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Hype about Hyperlinks 9

2 How Far is Distance Learning from Education? 25

3 Disembodied Telepresence and the Remoteness of the Real 49

4 Nihilism on the Information Highway: Anonymity vs. Commitment in the Present Age 72

5 Virtual Embodiment: Myths of Meaning in Second Life 89

Conclusion 121

Notes 145

Index 165

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