Ihde is perhaps uniquely situated to provide authoritative accounts of such diverse philosophical traditions as those involved in current explorations of the technology of scientific instruments.... Ihde's book breaks new ground and... makes an important debate accessible." -Robert Ackermann
Instrumental Realism has three principal aims: to advocate a "praxis-perception" approach to the philosophy of science; to explore ways in which such an approach offers a mutually illuminating overlap with a philosophy of technology; and to examine comparatively and critically the work of some who advocate an "instrumental realist" approach to the philosophy of science.
Preface Part One: Philosophy of Science Read through Philosophy of Technology I. Introduction: Philosophers and Technology II. The New Philosophy of Science III. Philosophy of Technology Part Two: The Instrument as Interface IV. The Embodiment of Science in Technology A. The "Body-Philosophers" B. The "Mind-Philosopher" Tradition C. Instruments as Interface V. Instrumental Realism VI. The Experiment Epilogue: Philosophy of Technology beyond Philosophy of Science Notes Index