John Dewey's Pragmatic Technology
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John Dewey's Pragmatic Technology

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This book does much to disple the old canard that John Dewey was guilty of "scientism" and a reverent worship of technological progress. Indeed, Dewey predated the Frankfurt school in his warnings about the dangers inherent in a machine culture. With new advances come new problems, and these can only be dealt with through an instrumentalist approach. Dewey also argued that we have no guarantee of success. Natural events can terminate human life and human greed, laziness, or error could have the same result.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156.7 x 234.4 x 21.3mm | 507.6g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253207630
  • 9780253207630
  • 548,128

Table of contents

EditorOs Foreword by Don Ihde Acknowledgments Introduction Abbreviations Chapter 1: Locating DeweyOs Critique of Technology Chapter 2: Knowing as a Technological Artifact Chapter 3: Productive Skills in the Arts Chapter 4: From Techne to Technology Chapter 5: Theory, Practice, and Production Chapter 6: Instruments, History, and Human Freedom Chapter 7: Publics as Products Epilogue: Responsible Technology Appendix: Pagination Key to Works Cited Notes Indexshow more

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" ... a comprehensive canvass of Dewey's logic, metaphysics, aesthetics, philosophy of history, and social thought." --Choice " ... a major addition to the recent accumulation of in-depth studies of Dewey." --Journal of Speculative Philosophy "Larry Hickman has done an exemplary job in demonstrating the relevance of John Dewey's philosophy to modern-day discussions of technology." --Ethicsshow more

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