Technology has extended its reach to the human body - not just in a literal sense, through implants, transplants and technological substitutes for biological organs, but in a more figurative sense too. Technological infrastructure and the instutions of a technified society today determine what perception is, how we communicate and what forms of social life are possible. A fundamental new conception of technology is therefore required. Technology can no longer be seen simply as a means of efficiently attaining pre-established ends. Rather, it needs to be considered as a total structure, something which makes some forms of human action and human relationship possible, while limiting the possibilities of others. In Intensive Technification, the celebrated German philosopher Gernot Bohme offers a critique of technology that explores the many dimensions in which technology presents problems for modern human beings. It is a book about the preservation of humanity and humane values under the challenging conditions of a technically advanced civilisation and makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of the issues around the philosophy of technology today.
Cameron Shingleton is a lecturer at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Australia. Gernot Bohme was Professor of Philosophy at Darmstadt's Technische Univeritat, Germany, between 1977 and 2002. He rose to prominence in Germany with work in aesthetics, the philosophy of nature, the philosophy of embodiment, the philosophy of science/technology and his conception of practical philosophy as a capacity for dealing with the exigencies of life. His publications in English include Ethics in Context (Polity, 2001).
Preface to the English Edition; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Scientific/Technological Civilisation; 3. The Technification of Nature; 4. Technology and Its Uses; 5. The Technification of Human Relations; 6. Critique of Technology; Notes; Index.