Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture: Putting Pragmatism to Work

Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture: Putting Pragmatism to Work

by Larry A. Hickman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253338697

ISBN-13: 9780253338693

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture contends that technology—a defining mark of contemporary culture—should be a legitimate concern of philosophers. Larry A. Hickman contests the perception that philosophy is little more than a narrow academic discipline and that philosophical discourse is merely redescription of the ancient past. Drawing

Overview

Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture contends that technology—a defining mark of contemporary culture—should be a legitimate concern of philosophers. Larry A. Hickman contests the perception that philosophy is little more than a narrow academic discipline and that philosophical discourse is merely redescription of the ancient past. Drawing inspiration from John Dewey, one of America's greatest public philosophers, Hickman validates the role of philosophers as cultural critics and reformers in the broadest sense. Hickman situates Dewey's critique of technological culture within the debates of 20th-century Western philosophy by engaging the work of Richard Rorty, Albert Borgmann, Jacques Ellul, Walter Benjamin, Jürgen Habermas, and Martin Heidegger, among others. Pushing beyond their philosophical concerns, Hickman designs and assembles a set of philosophical tools to cope with technological culture in a new century. His pragmatic treatment of current themes—such as technology and its relationship to the arts, technosciences and technocrats, the role of the media in education, and the meaning of democracy and community life in an age dominated by technology—reveals that philosophy possesses powerful tools for cultural renewal. This original, timely, and accessible work will be of interest to readers seeking a deeper understanding of the meanings and consequences of technology in today's world.

About the Author:
Larry A. Hickman is Director of the Center for Dewey Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is author of Modern Theories of Higher Level Predicates and John Dewey's Pragmatic Technology (Indiana University Press). He has edited Technology as a Human Affair and Reading Dewey (Indiana University Press), and is co-editor (with Thomas Alexander) of The Essential Dewey. He is general editor of the electronic edition of The Collected Works of John Dewey, 1882-1953 and The Correspondence of John Dewey, Volume I: 1871-1918.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253338693
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Technology Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Philosophy in a High-Tech World
1. Tuning Up Technology
2. Technology and Community Life
3. Productive Pragmatism, Critical Theory, and Agape
4. Art, Technoscience, and Social Action
5. Technoscience Education for a Lifelong Curriculum
6. Literacy, Mediacy, and Technological Determinism
7. Populism and the Cult of the Expert
8. Hope, Salvation, and Responsibility
9. The Next Technological Revolution
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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