Technology and the Good Life?

Technology and the Good Life?

Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong Strong

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226333861

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

Can we use technology in the pursuit of a good life, or are we doomed to having our lives organized and our priorities set by the demands of machines and systems? How can philosophy help us to make technology a servant rather than a master? This book uses a careful collective analysis of Albert Borgmann's controversial and influential ideas as a jumping-off point from which to address questions such as these about the role and significance of technology in our lives. Contributors both sympathetic and critical examine Borgmann's work, especially his “device paradigm”; apply his theories to new areas such as film, agriculture, design, and ecological restoration; and consider the place of his thought within philosophy and technology studies more generally.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Eric Higgs, Andrew Light and David Strong

One Borgmann's Philosophy of Technology

David Strong and Eric Higgs

Four Technology and Nostalgia

Gordon G. Brittan Jr.

Part Five Postscript

End Matter