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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 M. Kaplan is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas.
Table of Contents
The Question Concerning Technology
Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology
The New Forms of Control
John Dewey as a Philosopher of Technology
Focal Things and Practices
A Phenomenology of Technics
Philosophy of Technology Meets Social Constructivism: A Shopper's Guide
Women and the Assessment of Technology: To Think, to Be; to Unthink, to Free
Design Methodology and the Nature of Technical Artifacts
Democratic Rationalization: Technology, Power, and Freedom
A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans: Following Daedalus's Labyrinth
Technology and Ethics
Technology and Responsibility
Technology, Demography, and the Anachronism of Traditional Rights
Technological Ethics in a Different Voice
NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation About New and Emerging Science and Technology
Moralizing Technology: On the Morality of Technological Artifacts and Their Design
Technology and Politics
Do Artifacts Have Politics?
Strong Democracy and Technology
Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains: The Growth of an American Surveillance Society
The Constitution in Cyberspace: Law and Liberty Beyond the Electronic Frontier
Technology Transfer and Globalization
Technology and Human Nature
The Transhumanist FAQ
Twenty-First Century Bodies
Why Computers May Never Think Like People
Interactional Expertise and Embodiment
Genetic Interventions and the Ethics of Enhancement of Human Beings
What's Wrong with Enhancement Technology?
Technology and Nature
The Big Lie: Human Restoration of Nature
Ecological Restoration and the Culture of Nature: A Pragmatic Perspective
The Brave New World of Animal Biotechnology
Ethics and Genetically Modified Food
What's Wrong with Functional Foods?
Technology and Science
When Is an Image Not an Image?
Science Policy and Moral Purity: The Case of Animal Biotechnology
Technologies of Humility: Citizen Participation in Governing Science
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