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Philosophy in the Service of Things

David Strong

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0018
Philosophy in the Service of Things

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On the basis of Borgmann's two works on technology, this chapter tries to step beyond them and characterize Borgmann's philosophy. For Borgmann, philosophy's strengths and limitations can best be understood in the light of things. The chapter challenges Borgmann to work out his general philosophy, especially his idea that there is a kind of symmetry between humans and things. The chapter finds that Borgmann's most significant philosophical advance has to do with his careful analysis of the physical characteristics of devices and things and of the physical transformation of Earth and our built environment. It questions whether some of the received religious elements of Borgmann's books are consistent with the radical nature of his general philosophy in its concern with physical things.

Keywords: Borgmann's philosophy; human and things; physical characteristics; devices; general philosophy; religious elements

Chapter.  10205 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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