Technology and Contemporary Life

Technology and Contemporary Life

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Nearly everyone agrees that life has changed in our technological society, whether the contrast is with earlier stages in Western culture or with non-Western cultures. "Modernization" is just one of various terms that have been applied to the process by which we have arrived at the peculiar lifestyle typical of our age; whatever the term for the process, almost all analysts agree in finding technology to be one of its key ingredients. This is the judgment of critics of all sorts - anthropologists, historians, literary figures, sociologists, theologians. Volume 4 in the Philosophy and Technology series brings the perspectives of philosophers to bear on the issue of characterizing contemporary life, mainly in high-technology societies. Some of the philosophers look at the issue directly. Others focus on work life - or on the living arrangements that surround or condition or offer refuge from work life in technological society. Still others reflect on particular technologies, especially biotechnology and computer technology, that are increasingly affecting both work and family life. There is also a paper on the nature of thinking in technologi- cal praxis, along with two papers on whether it is appropriate to export this sort of thinking to Third World countries, and another paper on the issue of responsibility in technology - which would have fit better in volume 3 of the series, entitled Technology and Responsibility (1987). Finally, volume 4 closes with a broad-ranging bibliography that takes work and technology as its focus.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 17.78mm | 510g
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1988
  • 328 p.
  • 9027725713
  • 9789027725714

Table of contents

A Symposium on Albert Borgmann's Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life.- I. A Discussion.- II. A Critical Appreciation.- III. Reply.- The Co-Relational Community and Technological Culture.- The Labor-Saving Device: Evidence of Responsibility?.- Symposium on Appropriate Technology.- I. A Conversation Concerning Technology: The "Appropriate" Technology Movement.- II. Appropriate Technology and Inappropriate Politics.- Reflections on the Autonomy of Technology: Biotechnology, Bioethics, and Beyond.- Lebenstechnik und Essen: Toward a Technological Ethics after Heidegger.- The Phenomenology of the Quotidian Artifact.- Symposium on Information Technologies.- I. Impact of Personal Information Technologies on American Education, Interpersonal Relations, and Business, 1985-2010.- II. Information Technology, Citizens' Rights, and Personnel Administration.- History, Nature, and Technology.- Technological Analogies and Their Logical Nature.- Public and Occupational Risk: The Double Standard.- Variety in Technology, Unity in Responsibility?.- Work and Technology: A Bibliographical Essay.- Index of Names.
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