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Authoritative overview of the work of prominent philosopher of technology Joseph C. Pitt
Explains Pitt's pragmatist approach to philosophy of technology
Provides a significant update to previous published articles
As science becomes more deeply embedded in a complex technological infrastructure, has this changed the relationship between the sciences and the various technologies that support them? As our technologies help shrink our world, can we restrict our ethical concerns or must we find a way to face the fact that we are now one world? What do new forms of architecture say about whom we are? Is the design process the new epistemological paradigm? The answers to all of these is "yes" according to Joseph C. Pitt (VirginaTech). Doing Philosophy of Technology presents an updated and integrated overview of the most important thinking from this prominent philosopher of technology. Throughout his career Joseph C. Pitt has defended the view that to say anything meaningful about the value of a technology one must know something about that technology and how it functions in the world. This starting point leads naturally to a pragmatist philosophical stance, since it is the real world consequences of introducing a technology that must be the basis for any further normative judgements. In the book we find an extended set of arguments that challenge the idea that there are eternal philosophical issues that transcend the impacts that technologies make on human beings and their world. Rather, it is claimed that as our technologies transform our world they transform us and the kinds of questions we find important to answer.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Artificial distinction - Design Philosophy - Engineering Design - Joe Pitt - Joseph C. Pitt - Natural - Philosophy Engineering - Philosophy of Technology - Pragmatism Technology - Technological Artifacts
Introduction Technology in Society Human Beings as Technological Artifacts The Autonomy of Technology On Why Technology Can't Improve Society "Style" and Technology Ethics and Values Technology and the Objectivity of Values Ethical Colonialism Anticipating the Unknown Mothodological Issues Philosophical Methodologies, Technologies, and the Transformation of Knowledge Discovery, Telescopes and Progress On the Philosophy of Technology, Past and Future Philosophical Methodologies and the Philosophy of Technology Explaining Scientific Change Against the Natural/Artificial Distinction Against the Perennial Theory change and Instruments Techological Explanation Design and Engineering Design, Engineering and Architecture Philosophy, Engineering and Science Design Mistakes What Engineers Know” Nano Small Talk” in Spontaneous Generations The Epistemology of the Very Small When is an Image not an Image?”