Philosophy of Technology: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

Ideal for undergraduate students in philosophy and science studies, Philosophy of Technology offers an engaging and comprehensive overview of a subject vital to our time.

  • An up-to-date, accessible overview of the philosophy of technology, defining technology and its characteristics.
  • Explores the issues that arise as technology becomes an integral part of our society.
  • In addition to traditional topics in science and technology studies, the volume offers discussion of technocracy, the romantic rebellion against technology.
  • Complements The Philosophy of Technology: The Technological Condition: An Anthology, edited by Robert C. Scharff and Val Dusek (Blackwell, 2003).
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Editorial Reviews

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“Dusek’s range of expertise is impressive, and hisgenerous conception of what topics a philosophy of technologyshould consider is timely. In this field where there is not yet a‘mainstream’ viewpoint, too few writers appreciate theimportance of such wide coverage. Fewer still are knowledgeableenough to speak in all of these areas out of their ownunderstanding. Val Dusek is and does. His book is precisely whatthe field now needs.” Robert C. Scharff, University of NewHampshire

“Val Dusek’s Philosophy of Technology offersstudents a comprehensive overview of the frequently neglectedrelationship between philosophy of science and technology bydiscussing classics like Heidegger and Marx and bringing them intodialogue with contemporaries such as Ellul and Ihde as well asfeminist and ecological thinking.” Thomas Achen,Linköping University “The breadth of coverage isvery impressive. Clearly written, understandable and comprehensive.Its breadth and clarity of expression make it a welcome addition tothe literature.” Journal of Information, Communication& Ethics in Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405111621
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Val Dusek is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Hampshire. His recent publications include Holistic Inspirations of Physics: An Underground History of Electromagnetic Theory (1999) and Philosophy of Technology – The Technological Condition: An Anthology (co-edited with Robert C. Scharff, Blackwell 2003).

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Table of Contents

1 Philosophy of science and technology 6
2 What is technology? : defining or characterizing technology 26
3 Technocracy 38
4 Rationality, technological rationality, and reason 53
5 Phenomenology, hermeneutics, and technology 70
6 Technological determinism 84
7 Autonomous technology 105
8 Human nature : tool-making or language? 112
9 Women, feminism, and technology 136
10 Non-western technology and local knowledge 156
11 Anti-technology : romanticism, Luddism, and the ecology movement 176
12 Social constructionism and actor-network theory 198
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