Broad and Narrow Interpretations of Philosophy of Technology

Broad and Narrow Interpretations of Philosophy of Technology : Broad and Narrow Interpretations

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BACKGROUND: DEPARTMENTS, SPECIALIZATION, AND PROFESSIONALIZATION IN AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION For over half of its history, U.S. higher education turned out mostly cler- gymen and lawyers. Looking back on that period, we might be tempted to think that this meant specialized training for the ministry or the practice of law. That, however, was not the case. What a college education in the U.S. prepared young men (almost exclusively) for, from the founding of Harvard College in 1636 through the founding of hundreds of denominational colleges in the first two-thirds of the nineteenth century, was leadership in the community. Professionalization and specialization only began to take root, and then became the dominant mode in U.S. higher education, in the period roughly from 1860--1920. In subsequent decades, that seemed to many critics to signal the end of what might be called "education in wisdom," the preparation of leaders for a broad range of responsibilities. Professionalization, specialization, and departmentalization of higher education in the U.S. began in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 164.6 x 242.8 x 18.5mm | 498.96g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1990 ed.
  • 216 p.
  • 0792306848
  • 9780792306849

Table of contents

I The Nature of Philosophy of Technology.- In Search of a New Prometheus.- Defining Horizons: A Reply to Joseph C. Pitt.- Process Themes in Frederick Ferre's Philosophy of Technology.- Clarifying and Applying Intelligence: A Reply to Peter Limper.- II Deficiencies in Engineering Ethics.- Imagination for Engineering Ethicists.- Engineering Ethics and Political Imagination.- III Systems Theories.- Computer and World Picture: A Critical Appraisal of Herbert A. Simon.- Changes in Cognitive and Value Orientations in System Design.- IV Historical, Cultural, and Political Critiques.- Democratic Socialism and Technological Change.- Philosophy, Engineering, and Western Culture.- Alternatives for Evaluating the Effects of Genetic Engineering on Human Development.- The Alarmist View of Technology.- An Interpretation of Jacques Ellul's Dialectical Method.
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