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Responsible Technology: A Christian Perspective

Responsible Technology: A Christian Perspective

by Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship

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ISBN-10: 0802801757

ISBN-13: 9780802801753

Pub. Date: 01/01/1986

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1Understanding Technology1
Important Reasons to Understand Technology2
The Task at Hand8
Chapter 2Technology Examined: Definitions and Distinctions10
Definitions: Confusion and Conflicts10
Technology Defined18
Chapter 3Is Technology Neutral?24
The Supposed Neutrality of Technology26
The Value-Ladenness of Technology31
Chapter 4The Cultural Mandate and Modern Technology37
Humankind as Formers of Culture37
Four Lines in Human History44
Exiles in Babylon51
Chapter 5A Guide to Responsible Technology58
A Theory of Normativity59
A Structure of Normative Principles68
Chapter 6Technology and Science77
The Science-Technology Relationship: The Conventional View78
A Historical Perspective81
Characteristics of Modern Technology95
The Hegemony of Science in Technology98
Chapter 7Technology and Economics103
Two Views of Economic Activity105
Economic Valuing110
The Effects of Technology on Economic Relationships119
Economics, Technological Choice, and Technological Change135
Chapter 8Technology and the State143
The State143
Government and Technological Practices and Institutions148
Barriers to a Proper Relationship153
From Technicism to Biblically Based Normative Principles161
Chapter 9A Design Philosophy164
Technological Design: An Introduction165
A Holistic Approach167
Normative Principles for Design170
Design Specifications177
Sufficient Design182
Chapter 10Design and Fabrication in Practice184
Intrinsic Characteristics184
Extrinsic Barriers to Sufficient Design191
An Illustration of Responsible Design198
Chapter 11Prophetic Witness to a Technicistic Society200
The Nature of Prophetic Witness201
Basic Themes of the Message209
Activating the Conscience217
Chapter 12Technology and Mutual Responsibility222
The Nature of Responsibility22
Strategies for Implementing Collective Responsibility227
Position-specific Responsibility238
Recommended Reading245

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