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Reply to My Critics

Edited by Albert Borgmann

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/9780226333885.003.0019
Reply to My Critics

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Science makes reality ever more transparent, and technology makes it more and more controllable. But at the end of our inquiries and manipulations there is always something that reflects rather than yields to our searchlight and presents itself as given to us rather than constructed by us. It is intelligible not because we have seen through it or designed it but because it speaks to us from within the continuities of history and nature. Thus the task of cosmology is to understand the interconnection of lawfulness and contingency, of human construction and objective givenness. There is then the possibility that at the far end of scientific transparency and technological control an unforethinkable and uncontrollable reality newly presents itself and will suggest a resolution of contemporary ambiguities.

Keywords: history; cosmology; technological control; scientific transparency; human construction; objective givenness

Chapter.  13500 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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