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Technology and Values provides a highly useful collection of essays organized around issues related to science, technology, public health, economics, the environment, and ethical theory. The editors present effective introductions that provide background information as well as philosophical tools and case studies to facilitate understanding of the variety of issues emanating from the most significant developments in technology, including the effects on privacy of the widespread use of computers to store and retrieve personal information and the ethical considerations of genetic engineering.

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Editorial Reviews

Some 25 contributions are divided into four sections covering introductory theoretical approaches to technology; alternative views of technology from Heidegger to the social construction of safety; how to evaluate technology, encompassing such issues as the problem of Frankenstein and economic evaluations of technology; and case studies about technology, from the problems raised by computers to radioactive waste. The text aims to provide the student with diverse and divergent perspectives on technological issues. Each chapter provides several study questions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847686315
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Shrader-Frechette is distinguished research professor in philosophy and in environmental sciences and policy at the University of South Florida. She holds degrees in mathematics, physics, and philosophy. She is the author of numerous books, including Ethics of Scientific Research (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994). Laura Westra is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of Windsor and the author or editor of numerous books, including An Environmental Proposal for Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994), Faces of Environmental Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), Perspectives on Ecological Integrity (Kluwer), The Greeks and the Environment (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997) and Technology and Values (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998). Bill Lawson is professor of philosophy at Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 One: Introduction Chapter 2 1.1 Overview: Ethical Studies about Technology Chapter 3 1.2 What Is Moral Philosophy? Chapter 4 1.3 Technology and Ethical Issues Chapter 5 1.4 Further Reading Part 6 Two: Alternative Views of Technology Chapter 7 2.1 Introduction and Overview Chapter 8 2.2 Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology Chapter 9 2.3 Technologies as Forms of Life Chapter 10 2.4 The Role of Technology in Society Chapter 11 2.5 Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals Chapter 12 2.6 The Social Deconstruction of Safety Chapter 13 2.7 The Political Construction of Technology: A Call for Constructive Technology Assessment Chapter 14 2.8 Further Reading Part 15 Three: How to Evaluate Technology Chapter 16 3.1 Introduction and Overview Chapter 17 3.2 Frankenstein's Problem: Autonomous Technology Chapter 18 3.3 Technology, Demography, and the Anachronism of Traditional Rights Chapter 19 3.4 Economic Evaluations of Technology Chapter 20 3.5 Sociological versus Metascientific Views of Technological Risk Assessment Chapter 21 3.6 Further Reading Part 22 Four: Case Studies about Technology Chapter 23 4.1 Introduction and Overview Chapter 24 4.2 Engineering Design Research and Social Responsibility Chapter 25 4.3 Ethics and Automobile Technology: The Pinto Case Chapter 26 4.4 Computers and Privacy Chapter 27 4.5 Ethics and Military Technology: Star Wars Chapter 28 4.6 Nuclear Technology and Radioactive Waste Chapter 29 4.7 Assessment of Environmental and Economic Impacts of Pesticide Use Chapter 30 4.8 Ethical Issues in Human Genome Research Chapter 31 4.9 A "Transgenic Dinner"? Social and Ethical Issues in Biotechnology and Agriculture Chapter 32 4.10 Further Reading

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