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American Philosophy of Technology : The Empirical Turn - Hans Achterhuis

American Philosophy of Technology

The Empirical Turn

By: Hans Achterhuis (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2001
ISBN: 9780253214492
Number Of Pages: 192

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Introduces contemporary American philosophy of technology through six of its leading figures. The six American philosophers of technology whose work is profiled in this clear and concise introduction to the field -- Albert Borgmann, Hubert Dreyfus, Andrew Feenberg, Donna Haraway, Don Ihde, and Langdon Winner -- represent a new, empirical direction in the philosophical study of technology that has developed mainly in North America. In place of the grand philosophical schemes of the classical generation of European philosophers of technology (including Martin Heidgger, Jacques Ellul, and Hans Jonas), the contemporary American generation addresses concrete technological practices and the co-evolution of technology and society in modern culture. Six Dutch philosophers associated with Twente University survey and critique the full scope and development of their American colleagues' work, often illustrating shifts from earlier to more recent interests. Individual chapters focus on Borgmann's engagement with technology and everyday life; Dreyfus's work on the limits of artificial intelligence; Feenberg's perspectives on the cultural and social possibilities opened by technologies; Haraway's conception of the cyborg and its attendant blurring of boundaries; Ihde's explorations of the place of technology in the lifeworld; and Winner's fascination with the moral and political implications of modern technologies. American Philosophy of Technology offers an insightful and readable introduction to this new and distinctly American philosophical turn.

Contributors are Hans Achterhuis, Philip Brey, RenA(c) Munnik, Martijntje Smits, Pieter Tijmes, and Peter-Paul Verbeek.

Introduction: American Philosophers of Technologyp. 1
Albert Borgmann: Technology and the Character of Everyday Lifep. 11
Hubert Dreyfus: Humans versus Computersp. 37
Andrew Feenberg: Farewell to Dystopiap. 65
Donna Haraway: Cyborgs for Earthly Survival?p. 95
Don Ihde: The Technological Lifeworldp. 119
Langdon Winner: Technology as a Shadow Constitutionp. 147
Contributorsp. 171
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9780253214492
ISBN-10: 0253214491
Series: Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Technology (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st September 2001
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.65 x 15.67  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.31