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Readings in the Philosophy of Technology - David M. Kaplan

Readings in the Philosophy of Technology

By: David M. Kaplan (Editor)

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This second edition of Readings in the Philosophy of Technology examines the nature of technology as well as the effects of technologies upon human knowledge, activities, societies, and environments. The aim of philosophy of technology is to understand, evaluate, and criticize the ways in which technologies reflect as well as change human life and the natural world. Compiled specifically with students and newcomers in mind, this book explores the various ways in which societies, technologies, and environments shape one another. Readers will learn to appreciate the ways that philosophy informs our understanding of technology, and to see how technology relates to ethics, politics, nature, human nature, computers, science, food, and animals.

David Kaplan has collected the most important readings in the philosophy of technology from the foundational to the cutting edge, making this new edition essential to anyone interested in the impact technology has on humanity. This book will provide a cornerstone for any course on the philosophical or social impacts of technology. The wealth of readings cover a wide variety of topics, which will allow for many different course designs to flow from this one book. Kaplan also provides lucid and entertaining introductions to each topic that will help situate the readings in their place within the continuing conversation of the proper place technology has in our lives. -- John P. Sullins, Sonoma State University
This book is an excellent introduction to 20th and 21st century philosophy of technology. Prof. David Kaplan has collected a variety of classic and contemporary texts defining this fast-growing branch of philosophy and ordered them systematically. What makes this book truly remarkable is that is also offers comprehensive insight into the philosophical work with technology taking place at the moment. This is manifest in text of thinkers such as Sheila Jasanoff, Bruno Latour, Peter-Paul Verbeek and Evan Selinger. -- Soren Riis, Roskilde University
This book makes it thrilling to teach the philosophy of technology. Its guiding issue is not whether but how technology affects social life, and in what forms. It shows that few of today's pressing social issues, from educational policy to genetically modified foods, can be meaningfully addressed without understanding the philosophy of technology. -- Robert P. Crease, Chairman of the department of philosophy, Stony Brook University

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Philosophical Perspectives
The Question Concerning Technologyp. 9
Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technologyp. 25
The New Forms of Controlp. 34
John Dewey as a Philosopher of Technologyp. 43
Focal Things and Practicesp. 56
A Phenomenology of Technicsp. 76
Philosophy of Technology Meets Social Constructivism: A Shopper's Guidep. 98
Women and the Assessment of Technology: To Think, to Be; to Unthink, to Freep. 112
Design Methodology and the Nature of Technical Artifactsp. 127
Democratic Rationalization: Technology, Power, and Freedomp. 139
A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans: Following Daedalus's Labyrinthp. 156
Technology and Ethics
Technology and Responsibilityp. 173
Technology, Demography, and the Anachronism of Traditional Rightsp. 185
Technological Ethics in a Different Voicep. 198
NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation About New and Emerging Science and Technologyp. 208
Moralizing Technology: On the Morality of Technological Artifacts and Their Designp. 226
Technology and Politics
Do Artifacts Have Politics?p. 251
Panopticismp. 264
Strong Democracy and Technologyp. 278
Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains: The Growth of an American Surveillance Societyp. 293
The Constitution in Cyberspace: Law and Liberty Beyond the Electronic Frontierp. 309
Technology Transfer and Globalizationp. 321
Technology and Human Nature
The Transhumanist FAQp. 345
Twenty-First Century Bodiesp. 361
Why Computers May Never Think Like Peoplep. 375
Interactional Expertise and Embodimentp. 391
Genetic Interventions and the Ethics of Enhancement of Human Beingsp. 417
What's Wrong with Enhancement Technology?p. 431
Technology and Nature
The Big Lie: Human Restoration of Naturep. 443
Ecological Restoration and the Culture of Nature: A Pragmatic Perspectivep. 452
The Brave New World of Animal Biotechnologyp. 468
Ethics and Genetically Modified Foodp. 484
What's Wrong with Functional Foods?p. 498
Technology and Science
When Is an Image Not an Image?p. 511
Scientific Visualismp. 517
Laboratoriesp. 534
Science Policy and Moral Purity: The Case of Animal Biotechnologyp. 552
Technologies of Humility: Citizen Participation in Governing Sciencep. 570
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ISBN: 9780742564015
ISBN-10: 0742564010
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 602
Published: 1st October 2009
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 18.1  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.25
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised