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Technology and the Good Life?$
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Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong Strong

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780226333861

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.001.0001

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Philosophy in the Service of Things

Philosophy in the Service of Things

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(p.316) Seventeen Philosophy in the Service of Things
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Technology and the Good Life?
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David Strong

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0018

On the basis of Borgmann's two works on technology, this chapter tries to step beyond them and characterize Borgmann's philosophy. For Borgmann, philosophy's strengths and limitations can best be understood in the light of things. The chapter challenges Borgmann to work out his general philosophy, especially his idea that there is a kind of symmetry between humans and things. The chapter finds that Borgmann's most significant philosophical advance has to do with his careful analysis of the physical characteristics of devices and things and of the physical transformation of Earth and our built environment. It questions whether some of the received religious elements of Borgmann's books are consistent with the radical nature of his general philosophy in its concern with physical things.

Keywords:   Borgmann's philosophy, human and things, physical characteristics, devices, general philosophy, religious elements

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