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Democracy in a Technological Society : Philosophy and Technology - Langdon Winner

Democracy in a Technological Society

Philosophy and Technology

By: Langdon Winner (Editor), P. T. Durbin (Preface by)

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Published: 30th November 1992
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This ninth volume is one of the most arnbitious in the Philosophy and Technology series. Edited by technopolitical philosopher Langdon Winner, it assembles an impressive collection of philosophers and political theorists to discuss one of the most important topics of the end of the twentieth century - the bearing of technology, in all its rarnifica­ tions, on the practice of democratic politics in the developed world. When set beside the previous volume in the series - Europe, America, and Teehnology - the two together open a philosophical dialogue of great significance about the ways technology challenges democracy at its very roots. Some philosophers think the attack is fatal. Others are optimistic that democratic means can be discovered, or invented, for the control of technology. Still others object to an optimism-versus-pes­ simism formulation of the issue. But alI agree that the issue is highly significant, one that demands serious philosophical inquiry. The Society for Philosophy and Technology was fortunate in being able to draw this group of writers to Bordeaux, France, in 1989, along with a large number of others whose contributions to the debate could not be included here. It is equally fortunate to have chosen Langdon Winner as president when the time carne to select the best of the papers to fashion this volume. University of Delaware PAUL T.

Preface
Introductionp. 1
Technology, Power, and Truth: Political and Epistemological Reflections on the Fourth Revolutionp. 15
Technology and Democracyp. 35
Mechanical Dreams: Democracy and Technological Discourse in Twentieth-Century Francep. 51
Marxism and the Democratic Control of Technologyp. 81
Populism and the Cult of the Expertp. 91
Autonomous Technology, Democracy, and the Nimbysp. 105
Technology, Bayesian Policymaking, and Democratic Processp. 123
The Nuts and Bolts of Democracy: Democratic Theory and Technological Designp. 139
Instrumentalists and Expressivists: Ambiguous Links Between Technology and Democracyp. 161
Politics, Progress, and Engineering: Technical Professionals in Russiap. 175
Heidegger on Technology and Democracyp. 187
The Moral Assessment of Technologyp. 207
Political Morality under Radical Conditionsp. 215
Name Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780792319955
ISBN-10: 0792319958
Series: Philosophy and Technology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 30th November 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52