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Doing Philosophy of Technology

Essays in a Pragmatist Spirit

Pitt, Joseph C.

2011, XVIII, 222 p.

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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

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Philosophy

Table of contents 

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?”

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