Philosophy of Technology: Retrospective and Prospective Views

Paul T. Durbin

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780226333861
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226333885 | DOI:
Philosophy of Technology: Retrospective and Prospective Views

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This chapter takes up the twofold task of philosophy by first reviewing the two decades, 1965–1985, that saw the formation of the philosophy of technology in North America. From an explicit pragmatist standpoint, the chapter finds that philosophers were originally reaching to the philosophy of technology in hopes of better understanding and addressing our “major technosocial disasters.” It urges today's philosophers of technology to remember again these original concerns and to take up this struggle with particular pernicious technosocial problems one at a time, even though addressing these problems at a philosophical level will be very difficult in the coming technological culture. Within this frame it evaluates several possible readings of Borgmann's work.

Keywords: philosophy of technology; North America; technosocial disasters; technological culture; Borgmann's work; technosocial problems

Chapter.  5093 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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