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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 of Technology: Retrospective and Prospective Views

Philosophy of Technology: Retrospective and Prospective Views

(p.38) Two Philosophy of Technology: Retrospective and Prospective Views
Technology and the Good Life?

Paul T. Durbin

University of Chicago Press

This chapter takes up the twofold task of philosophy by first reviewing the two decades, 1965–1985, that saw the formation of the philosophy of technology in North America. From an explicit pragmatist standpoint, the chapter finds that philosophers were originally reaching to the philosophy of technology in hopes of better understanding and addressing our “major technosocial disasters.” It urges today's philosophers of technology to remember again these original concerns and to take up this struggle with particular pernicious technosocial problems one at a time, even though addressing these problems at a philosophical level will be very difficult in the coming technological culture. Within this frame it evaluates several possible readings of Borgmann's work.

Keywords:   philosophy of technology, North America, technosocial disasters, technological culture, Borgmann's work, technosocial problems

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