Readings in the Philosophy of Technology / Edition 2

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Ideal for professors who want to provide a comprehensive set of the most important readings in the philosophy of technology, from foundational to the cutting edge, this book introduces students to the various ways in which societies, technologies, and environments shape one another. The readings examine the nature of technology as well as the effects of technologies upon human knowledge, activities, societies, and environments. Students will learn to appreciate the ways that philosophy informs our understanding of technology, and to see how technology relates to ethics, politics, nature, human nature, computers, science, food, and animals.

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Editorial Reviews

John P. Sullins
David Kaplan has collected the most important readings in the philosophy of technology from the foundational to the cutting edge, making this new edition essential to anyone interested in the impact technology has on humanity. This book will provide a cornerstone for any course on the philosophical or social impacts of technology. The wealth of readings cover a wide variety of topics, which will allow for many different course designs to flow from this one book. Kaplan also provides lucid and entertaining introductions to each topic that will help situate the readings in their place within the continuing conversation of the proper place technology has in our lives.
Søren Riis
This book is an excellent introduction to 20th and 21st century philosophy of technology. Prof. David Kaplan has collected a variety of classic and contemporary texts defining this fast-growing branch of philosophy and ordered them systematically. What makes this book truly remarkable is that is also offers comprehensive insight into the philosophical work with technology taking place at the moment. This is manifest in text of thinkers such as Sheila Jasanoff, Bruno Latour, Peter-Paul Verbeek and Evan Selinger.
Robert P. Crease
This book makes it thrilling to teach the philosophy of technology. Its guiding issue is not whether but how technology affects social life, and in what forms. It shows that few of today's pressing social issues, from educational policy to genetically modified foods, can be meaningfully addressed without understanding the philosophy of technology.
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: 715,972
  • 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 Philosophical Perspectives Chapter 2 The Question Concerning Technology Chapter 3 Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology Chapter 4 *One-Dimensional Man Chapter 5 *John Dewey's Philosophy of Technology Chapter 6 Focal Things and Practices Chapter 7 A Phenomenology of Technics Chapter 8 *Philosophy of Technology Meets Social Constructivism Chapter 9 *Women and the Assessment of Technology Chapter 10 *Design Methodology and the Nature of Technical Artefacts Chapter 11 Democratic Rationalization Chapter 12 A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans Part 13 Technology and Ethics Chapter 14 Technology and Responsibility Chapter 15 *Technology and the Anachronism of Traditional Rights Chapter 16 Technological Ethics in a Different Voice Chapter 17 *NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation about New and Emerging Science and Technology Chapter 18 *Moralizing Technology Part 19 Technology and Politics Chapter 20 Do Artifacts Have Politics? Chapter 21 *The Panopticon Chapter 22 Strong Democracy and Technology Chapter 23 *Bigger Monster: Weaker Chains Chapter 24 *The Constitution in Cyberspace Chapter 25 *Technology Transfer and Globalization Part 26 Technology and Human Nature Chapter 27 *Transhumanist FAQ Chapter 28 Twenty-First Century Bodies Chapter 29 Why Computers May Never Think Like People Chapter 30 *Interactional Expertise and Embodiment Chapter 31 *Genetic Interventions and the Ethics of Human Enhancement Chapter 32 *What's Wrong with Enhancement Technology Part 33 *Technology and Nature Chapter 34 *The Big Lie: Human Restoration of Nature Chapter 35 *Ecological Restoration and the Culture of Nature Chapter 36 *The Brave New World of Animal Biotechnology Chapter 37 *Ethics and Genetically Modified Food Chapter 38 *What's Wrong with Functional Foods? Part 39 Technology and Science Chapter 40 *When Is an Image Not an Image? Chapter 41 Scientific Visualism Chapter 42 *Laboratories Chapter 43 *Scientific Policy and Moral Purity Chapter 44 *Technologies of Humility

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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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