By reconsidering the theme of isolation in the philosophy of technology, and by drawing upon recent developments in social ontology, Lawson provides an account of technology that will be of interest and value to those working in a variety of different fields. Technology and Isolation includes chapters on the philosophy, history, sociology and economics of technology, and contributes to such diverse topics as the historical emergence of the term 'technology', the sociality of technology, the role of technology in social acceleration, the relationship between Marx and Heidegger, and the relationship between technology and those with autism. The central contribution of the book is to provide a new ontology of technology. In so doing, Lawson argues that much of the distinct character of technology can be explained or understood in terms of the dynamic that emerges from technology's peculiar constitutional mix of isolatable and non-isolatable components.
Clive Lawson is currently Director of Studies in Economics and Senior College Lecturer at Girton College, Cambridge, as well as Assistant Director of Studies at Gonville and Caius College. He is an editor of the Cambridge Journal of Economics and a founding member of the Cambridge Social Ontology Group. Lawson has published in economics, geography, psychology, sociology, philosophy and environmental economics.
1. Technology questions; 2. Technology - from obscurity to keyword; 3. Ontology and isolation; 4. Science and technology; 5. The sociality of artefacts; 6. Technological artefacts; 7. Technology and the extension of human capabilities; 8. Technology and instrumentalisation; 9. Technology and autism; 10. Technology, recombination and speed; 11. Marx, Heidegger and technological neutrality.