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Readings in the Philosophy of Technology collects the important works of both the forerunners and contemporary theorists of philosophy of technology, addressing a wide range of topics on technology as it relates to ethics, politics, human nature, computers, science, food, and the environment. Compiled specifically with students and newcomers in mind, this book explores the multiple ways in which humanity shapes and affects technologies and is, in turn, shaped and affected by them. Readers will learn to understand, evaluate, appreciate, and criticize the ways that technology both reflects and changes human life-individually, socially, and culturally. Readings in the Philosophy of Technology is an ideal core text for undergraduate courses in Philosophy of Technology, Science, Technology, and Society, and Ethics and Technology.

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Editorial Reviews

The American Journal Of Bioethics
Kaplan's superb book is divided into six parts containing 31 readings, most newly published, by some of the leading philosophers in the area of technology...[It] provides a more comprehensive range of philosophical inquiries related to technology than previous a way that stimulates and deepens the reader's understanding of technological development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742564015
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 602
  • Sales rank: 307,529
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Kaplan is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Early Philosophy of Technology Chapter 3 Do Machines Make History?, Robert Heilbroner Chapter 4 Toward a Philosophy of Technology, Hans Jonas Chapter 5 Question Concerning Technology, Martin Heidegger Chapter 6 Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology, Hubert Dreyfus Chapter 7 Some Social Implications of Technology, Herbert Marcuse Chapter 8 Technical Progress and the Social Lifeworld, J├╝rgen Habermas Part 9 Recent Philosophy of Technology Chapter 10 Arnold Pacey, The Culture of Technology Chapter 11 Technologies as Forms of Life, Langdon Winner Chapter 12 Focal Things and Practices, Albert Borgmann Chapter 13 A Phenomenology of Technics, Don Ihde Chapter 14 A Cyborg Manifesto, Donna Haraway Chapter 15 A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans, Bruno Latour Chapter 16 Ecological Restoration and the Culture of Nature, Andrew Light Chapter 17 Democratic Rationalization, Andrew Feenberg Part 18 Technology and Ethics Chapter 19 Technology and Responsibility, Hans Jonas Chapter 20 Technology, Demography, and the Anachronism of Traditional Rights, Robert McGuin Chapter 21 The Constitution in Cyberspace, Laurence Tribe Chapter 22 Technological Ethics in a Different Voice, Diane Michelfelder Part 23 Technology and Politics Chapter 24 Do Artifacts Have Politics?, Langdon Winner Chapter 25 Strong Democracy and Technology, Richard Sclove Chapter 26 Socialism and Democratic Planning of Technical Change, Tony Smith Chapter 27 The Insurgent Architect at Work, David Harvey Part 28 Technology and Human Nature Chapter 29 Panopticism, Michel Foucault Chapter 30 Enhancement Technology, Carl Elliot Chapter 31 Twenty-First Century Bodies, Ray Kurzweil Chapter 32 Why Computers May Never Think Like People, Hubert Dreyfus Chapter 33 Whither Psychoanalysis in a Computer Culture?, Sherry Turkle Part 34 Technology and Science Chapter 35 Experimentation and Scientific Realism, Ian Hacking Chapter 36 Science in Action, Bruno Latour Chapter 37 Scientific Visualism, Don Ihde Chapter 38 Should Science Encode Democratic Ideals?, Sandra Harding

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    The most authoritative guide to the field

    I use this book in my courses and have found it to be a highly effective "tool" for teaching. It includes pieces from all the major schools of thought, and it is the best single source for introducing students to and orienting them within the field. Highly recommended for teaching, independent study, or as a reference work to point one toward further research. Here is the complete table of contents of this new and improved second edition:

    Philosophical Perspectives
    1. Martin Heidegger, Question Concerning Technology
    2. Hubert Dreyfus, Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology
    3. Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man
    4. Larry Hickman, John Dewey's Philosophy of Technology
    5. Albert Borgmann, Focal Things and Practices
    6. Don Ihde, A Phenomenology of Technics
    7. Philip Brey, Philosophy of Technology Meets Social Constructivism
    8. Corlann Gee Bush, Women and the Assessment of Technology
    9. Peter Kroes, Design Methodology and the Nature of Technical Artefacts
    10. Andrew Feenberg, Critical Theory of Technology
    11. Bruno Latour, A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans

    Technology and Ethics
    12. Hans Jonas, Technology and Responsibility
    13. Robert McGuin, Technology and the Anachronism of Traditional Rights
    14. Diane Michelfelder, Technological Ethics in a Different Voice
    15. Tsjalling Swierstra and Arie Rip, NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation about New and Emerging Science and Technology
    16. Peter-Paul Verbeek, Moralizing Technology

    Technology and Politics
    17. Langdon Winner, Do Artifacts Have Politics?
    18. Michel Foucault, The Panopticon
    19. Richard Sclove, Strong Democracy and Technology
    20. Jay Stanley and Barry Steinhard, Bigger Monster: Weaker Chains
    21. Laurence Tribe, The Constitution in Cyberspace
    22. Evan Selinger, Technology Transfer and Globalization

    Technology and Human Nature
    23. Nick Bostrom, Transhumanist FAQ
    24. Ray Kurzweil, Twenty-First Century Bodies
    25. Hubert Dreyfus, What Computers May Never Think Like People
    26. Selinger, Collins, and Dreyfus, Interactional Expertise and Embodiment
    27. Julian Savulescu, Genetic Interventions and the Ethics of Human Enhancement
    28. Carl Elliot, What's Wrong with Enhancement Technology?

    Technology and Nature
    29. Erik Katz, The Big Lie: Human Restoration of Nature
    30. Andrew Light, Ecological Restoration and the Culture of Nature
    31. Strachan Donnelly, The Brave New World of Animal Biotechnology
    32. Gary Comstock, Ethics and Genetically Modified Food
    33. David M. Kaplan, What's Wrong with Functional Foods?

    Technology and Science
    34. Joe Pitt, When Is an Image Not an Image
    35. Don Ihde, Scientific Visualism
    36. Bruno Latour, Laboratories
    37. Paul Thompson, Scientific Policy and Moral Purity
    38. Sheila Jasanoff, Technologies of Humility

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