Technology and the Good Life?

Technology and the Good Life?

by Eric Higgs
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226333868

ISBN-13: 9780226333861

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Can we use technology in the pursuit of a good life, or are we doomed to having our lives organized and our priorities set by the demands of machines and systems? How can philosophy help us to make technology a servant rather than a master?

Technology and the Good Life? uses a careful collective analysis of Albert Borgmann's controversial and influential

Overview

Can we use technology in the pursuit of a good life, or are we doomed to having our lives organized and our priorities set by the demands of machines and systems? How can philosophy help us to make technology a servant rather than a master?

Technology and the Good Life? uses a careful collective analysis of Albert Borgmann's controversial and influential ideas as a jumping-off point from which to address questions such as these about the role and significance of technology in our lives. Contributors both sympathetic and critical examine Borgmann's work, especially his "device paradigm"; apply his theories to new areas such as film, agriculture, design, and ecological restoration; and consider the place of his thought within philosophy and technology studies more generally.

Because this collection carefully investigates the issues at the heart of how we can take charge of life with technology, it will be a landmark work not just for philosophers of technology but for students and scholars in the many disciplines concerned with science and technology studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226333861
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments....................vii
List of Contributors....................ix
Introduction: Technology and the Good Life? Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong....................1
I Philosophy of Technology Today....................17
1. Borgmann's Philosophy of Technology David Strong and Eric Higgs....................19
2. Philosophy of Technology: Retrospective and Prospective Views Paul T. Durbin....................38
II Evaluating Focal Things....................51
3. Focal Things and Focal Practices Lawrence Haworth....................55
4. Technology and Nostalgia Gordon G. Brittan Jr....................70
5. Focaltechnics, Pragmatechnics, and the Reform of Technology Larry Hickman....................89
6. Borgmann's Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen: On the Prepolitical Conditions of a Politics of Place Andrew Light....................106
7. On Character and Technology Carl Mitcham....................126
III Theory in the Service of Practice....................149
8. The Moving Image: Between Devices and Things Phillip R. Fandozzi....................153
9. Farming as Focal Practice Paul B. Thompson....................166
10. Design and the Reform of Technology: Venturing Out into the Open Jesse S. Tatum....................182
11. Nature by Design Eric Higgs....................195
IV Extensions and Controversies....................213
12. Technological Ethics in a Different Voice Diane P. Michelfelder....................219
13. Crossing the Postmodern Divide with Borgmann, or Adventures in Cyberspace Douglas Kellner....................234
14.Technology and Temporal Ambiguity Mora Campbell....................256
15. Trapped in Consumption: Modern Social Structure and the Entrenchment of the Device Thomas Michael Power....................271
16. From Essentialism to Constructivism: Philosophy of Technology at the Crossroads Andrew Feenberg....................294
17. Philosophy in the Service of Things David Strong....................316
V Postscript....................339
18. Reply to My Critics Albert Borgmann....................341
Afterword....................371
Index....................375

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