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 his generous conception of what topics a philosophy of technology should consider is timely. In this field where there is not yet a ‘mainstream’ viewpoint, too few writers appreciate the importance of such wide coverage. Fewer still are knowledgeable enough to speak in all of these areas out of their own understanding. Val Dusek is and does. His book is precisely what the field now needs.” Robert C. Scharff, University of New Hampshire

“Val Dusek’s Philosophy of Technology offers students a comprehensive overview of the frequently neglected relationship between philosophy of science and technology by discussing classics like Heidegger and Marx and bringing them into dialogue with contemporaries such as Ellul and Ihde as well as feminist and ecological thinking.” Thomas Achen, Linköping University “The breadth of coverage is very impressive. Clearly written, understandable and comprehensive. Its breadth and clarity of expression make it a welcome addition to the literature.” Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405111638
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,202,241
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.57 (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

Introduction.

1. Philosophy of Science and Technology.

2. What is technology? Defining or Characterizing Technology.

3. Technocracy.

4. Rationality, Technological Rationality, and Reason.

5. Phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Technology.

6. Technological Determinism.

7. Autonomous Technology.

8. Human Nature: Tool Making or Language?.

9. Women, Feminism and Technology.

10. Non-Western Technology and Local Knowledge.

11. Anti-Technology: Romanticism, Luddism and the Ecology Movement.

12. Social Constructionism and Actor Network Theory.

Bibliography.

Index.

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