Ideal for professors who want to provide a comprehensive set of the most important readings in the philosophy of technology, from foundational to the cutting edge, this book introduces students to the various ways in which societies, technologies, and environments shape one another. The readings examine the nature of technology as well as the effects of technologies upon human knowledge, activities, societies, and environments. Students 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.
Part 1 Philosophical Perspectives Chapter 2 The Question Concerning Technology Chapter 3 Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology Chapter 4 *One-Dimensional Man Chapter 5 *John Dewey's Philosophy of Technology Chapter 6 Focal Things and Practices Chapter 7 A Phenomenology of Technics Chapter 8 *Philosophy of Technology Meets Social Constructivism Chapter 9 *Women and the Assessment of Technology Chapter 10 *Design Methodology and the Nature of Technical Artefacts Chapter 11 Democratic Rationalization Chapter 12 A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans Part 13 Technology and Ethics Chapter 14 Technology and Responsibility Chapter 15 *Technology and the Anachronism of Traditional Rights Chapter 16 Technological Ethics in a Different Voice Chapter 17 *NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation about New and Emerging Science and Technology Chapter 18 *Moralizing Technology Part 19 Technology and Politics Chapter 20 Do Artifacts Have Politics? Chapter 21 *The Panopticon Chapter 22 Strong Democracy and Technology Chapter 23 *Bigger Monster: Weaker Chains Chapter 24 *The Constitution in Cyberspace Chapter 25 *Technology Transfer and Globalization Part 26 Technology and Human Nature Chapter 27 *Transhumanist FAQ Chapter 28 Twenty-First Century Bodies Chapter 29 Why Computers May Never Think Like People Chapter 30 *Interactional Expertise and Embodiment Chapter 31 *Genetic Interventions and the Ethics of Human Enhancement Chapter 32 *What's Wrong with Enhancement Technology Part 33 *Technology and Nature Chapter 34 *The Big Lie: Human Restoration of Nature Chapter 35 *Ecological Restoration and the Culture of Nature Chapter 36 *The Brave New World of Animal Biotechnology Chapter 37 *Ethics and Genetically Modified Food Chapter 38 *What's Wrong with Functional Foods? Part 39 Technology and Science Chapter 40 *When Is an Image Not an Image? Chapter 41 Scientific Visualism Chapter 42 *Laboratories Chapter 43 *Scientific Policy and Moral Purity Chapter 44 *Technologies of Humility