Readings in the Philosophy of Technology

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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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.

Author Biography

David M. Kaplan is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas.

Table of Contents

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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