Philosophy of Technology

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University of Georgia Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 149 pages
In this widely taught introductory survey, Frederick Ferré explains the fundamental concerns and methods of philosophy and then guides readers through a philosophical inquiry into some of the major issues surrounding technology's impact on our lives.

The first half of the book concentrates on key definitions and epistemological issues, including an overview of philosophy as applied to technology, a definition of technology, and an examination of technology as it relates to practical and theoretical intelligence--especially how high technology relates to modern science and how science depends on technical craft. The second half addresses the problems of living with technology. Ferré contrasts Karl Marx's and Buckminster Fuller's "bright" visions of technology and modern existence with the "somber" visions of Martin Heidegger and Herbert Marcuse. Next, in offering direction for an ethical assessment of technology, Ferré poses questions about workplace automation, computers, nuclear energy, Third World development, and genetic engineering. Finally, the book considers debates about the mutual influences between technology and religion, and technology and metaphysics. A glossary and a list of suggested further readings are included.

Providing a philosophical framework that will remain timely in the face of rapid technological change, Philosophy of Technology will help students in both the sciences and liberal arts to examine comprehensively their own and society's fundamental beliefs and attitudes about technology.

 

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Contents

The Philosophical Quest
2
Why Philosophy of Technology?
9
Issues and Debates
15
CHAPTER
30
Theorybased Practical Intelligence
38
Implemented Theoretical Intelligence
44
CHAPTER
54
Martin Heidegger
63
Ethical Questions for Current
87
Technology and Religion
97
JudeoChristian Rejection of Technology
107
NonWestern Religions and Technology
114
Metaphysical Thinking
120
Technology and Models of Human Nature
126
PostModern Thinking and the Future
133
Suggestions for Further Reading
141

Herbert Marcuse
70
Problems and Possibilities in Technology Assessment
80

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About the author (1995)

Frederick Ferré is Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia. His many books include Ethics and Environmental Policy: Theory meets Practice (Georgia), which he coedited with Peter Hartel, and Hellfire and Lightning Rods: Liberating Science, Technology, and Religion.

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