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Overview

Drawing on a diverse array of thinkers from Plato to Kierkegaard, On the Internet is one of the first books to bring philosophical insight to the debate on how far the internet can and cannot take us.
Dreyfus shows us the roots of the disembodied, free floating web surfer in Descartes'separation of mind and body, and how Kierkegaard's insights into the birth of the modern reading public anticipate the news-hungry, but disinterested risk avoiding internet junkie. Drawing on recent studies of the isolation experienced by many internet users, Dreyfus shows how the internet's privatisation of experience ignores essential human capacities such as trust, moods, risk, shared local concerns and commitment. On the Internet is essential reading for anyone on line and all those interested in our place in the e-revolution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415228060
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/23/2001
  • Series: Thinking in Action Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Hype about Hyperlinks 8
2 How Far is Distance Learning from Education? 27
3 Disembodied Telepresence and the Remoteness of the Real 50
4 Nihilism on the Information Highway: Anonymity vs. Commitment in the Present Age 73
Conclusion 90
Notes 108
Index 125
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