On the Internet

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 4, 2002 - Science - 144 pages
28 Reviews
Drawing on a diverse array of thinkers from Plato to Kierkegaard, On the Internet is one of the first books to bring philosophical insight to the debate on how far the internet can and cannot take us.
Dreyfus shows us the roots of the disembodied, free floating web surfer in Descartes' separation of mind and body, and how Kierkegaard's insights into the birth of the modern reading public anticipate the news-hungry, but disinterested risk avoiding internet junkie. Drawing on recent studies of the isolation experienced by many internet users, Dreyfus shows how the internet's privatisation of experience ignores essential human capacities such as trust, moods, risk, shared local concerns and commitment. On the Internet is essential reading for anyone on line and all those interested in our place in the e-revolution.

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User Review  - Arjun Ravichandran - Goodreads

Part of the excellent 'Thinking in Action' series that brings together leading thinkers to bear their attention down on the complex issues of the day, this slim treatise on the internet is written by ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This was a very good book about the dangers of the internet. I recommend reading the most up to date version, however. I read a slightly older version first. The author qualifies some of his stances ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Hubert L. Dreyfus is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley.

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