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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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Focal Things and Focal Practices

Focal Things and Focal Practices

(p.55) Three Focal Things and Focal Practices
Technology and the Good Life?

Lawrence Haworth

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the relationship between focal practices and focal things. The chapter's meditation on things and practices, with its thoughtfully selected and well-developed examples, appeals to those who might not know Borgmann's work firsthand and deepens and clarifies, with its subtle distinctions, any sophisticated reader's understanding of Borgmann's account of this matter. Technology's relationship with democracy is at best an uneasy one, especially given Borgmann's claim that our modern devices are not mere value-neutral instruments. Thus, technology may play a greater role in determining the character of the good life than any of the founders of the liberal democratic tradition imagined.

Keywords:   focal practice, focal thing, Borgmann's work, technology, democracy, modern devices, good life

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