This book engages directly in close readings of technical texts and computer code in order to show how software works. It offers an analysis of the cultural, political, and philosophical implications of software technologies that demonstrates the significance of software for the relationship between technology, philosophy, culture, and society.
Federica Frabetti is senior lecturer in communication, media and culture at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has a diverse professional and academic background in the humanities and ICT and has published numerous articles on the cultural study of technology, digital media and software studies, cultural theory, and gender and queer theory.
1. Introduction / 2. From Technical Tools to Originary Technicity: The Concept of Technology in Western Philosophy / 3. Language, Writing and Code: Towards a Deconstructive Reading of Software / 4. Software as Material Inscription: The Beginnings of Software Engineering / 5. From the Cathedral to the Bazaar: Software as the Unexpected / 6. Writing the Printed Circuit: For a Genealogy of Code / 7. Conclusion: The Unforeseen Consequeneses of Technology / Bibliography / Index