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Philosophy of Technology : An Introduction - Val Dusek

Philosophy of Technology

An Introduction

By: Val Dusek


Published: 13th March 2006
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Ideal for undergraduate students in philosophy and science studies, <i>Philosophy of Technology</i> offers an engaging and comprehensive overview of a subject vital to our time.<br><ul><br><li>An up-to-date, accessible overview of the philosophy of technology, defining technology and its characteristics. <br><li>Explores the issues that arise as technology becomes an integral part of our society. <br><li>In addition to traditional topics in science and technology studies, the volume offers discussion of technocracy, the romantic rebellion against technology. <br><li>Complements <i>The Philosophy of Technology: The Technological Condition: An Anthology</i>, edited by Robert C. Scharff and Val Dusek (Blackwell, 2003).</li></ul>

"Dusek's range of expertise is impressive, and hisgenerous conception of what topics a philosophy of technologyshould consider is timely. In this field where there is not yet a'mainstream' viewpoint, too few writers appreciate theimportance of such wide coverage. Fewer still are knowledgeableenough to speak in all of these areas out of their ownunderstanding. Val Dusek is and does. His book is precisely whatthe field now needs." Robert C. Scharff, University of NewHampshire

"Val Dusek's Philosophy of Technology offersstudents a comprehensive overview of the frequently neglectedrelationship between philosophy of science and technology bydiscussing classics like Heidegger and Marx and bringing them intodialogue with contemporaries such as Ellul and Ihde as well asfeminist and ecological thinking." Thomas Achen, Linkoping University "The breadth of coverage isvery impressive. Clearly written, understandable and comprehensive.Its breadth and clarity of expression make it a welcome addition tothe literature." Journal of Information, Communication& Ethics in Society


1. Philosophy of Science and Technology.

2. What is technology? Defining or Characterizing Technology.

3. Technocracy.

4. Rationality, Technological Rationality, and Reason.

5. Phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Technology.

6. Technological Determinism.

7. Autonomous Technology.

8. Human Nature: Tool Making or Language?.

9. Women, Feminism and Technology.

10. Non-Western Technology and Local Knowledge.

11. Anti-Technology: Romanticism, Luddism and the Ecology Movement.

12. Social Constructionism and Actor Network Theory.



ISBN: 9781405111638
ISBN-10: 1405111631
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 13th March 2006
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 16.41  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1