Philosophy of Engineering and Technology

Doing Good with Technologies:

Taking Responsibility for the Social Role of Emerging Technologies

Authors: Waelbers, Katinka

  • Unique interdisciplinary research on Social Technology Studies and Philosophy of Technology
  • New model of responsibility for technology on Life Ethics / Virtue Ethics
  • Brings Ethics back into Actor-Network Theory (ANT) 
  • Combines classical ethicists with the social role of technologies
  • Features a case study on intelligent cars
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About this book

20th century technologies like cars, the Internet, and the contraceptive pill have altered our actions, changed our perceptions and influenced our moral ideas, for better and worse. Upcoming technologies are bound to fulfill their own unique social roles. How can we advance this social role so that it will support the good live and limit undesired changes?

This book explores whether we can take a forward looking responsibility to optimize the social roles of technologies. In doing so, the book discusses three issues: first, it aims to understand the social role of technologies; second, it explores what it means to accept responsibility for this social role, and; third, it searches for some forward looking tools that help us to see how new technologies may influence human behavior. In a rather unique approach, this book combines the influential sociological research of Bruno Latour on the social impacts of technologies with the contemporary Aristotelianism of Alasdair MacIntyre.

About the authors

Katinka Waelbers is a researcher at the philosophy department at the Maastricht University. Her research interests range broadly in bio-ethics, philosophy of technology, environmental philosophy, and political philosophy. She studied Science & Policy (BSc and MSc) and Philosophy (Ba and MSc) at the Utrecht University. She participated in multiple research projects in bio-ethics, environmental ethics, and ethics of technology at the Utrecht University (1998-2005). In 2005, she decided to focus on the philosophy of technology and she went to the University of Twente. There, her work focused on responsibility and future technologies such as nano-technology, IT, and the intelligent car of the future. Since november 2010, she is employed at the Maastricht University to reflect about the future techno-social and techno-moral change. She authored multiple articles and reports, and published several books.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Responsibility for the Social Role of Technologies

    Waelbers, Katinka

    Pages 1-10

  • Mastering Technologies

    Waelbers, Katinka

    Pages 11-29

  • Actor-Networks and Taking Responsibility

    Waelbers, Katinka

    Pages 31-49

  • Becoming Responsible for Techno-Social Practices

    Waelbers, Katinka

    Pages 51-71

  • Human Practices in Technological Contexts

    Waelbers, Katinka

    Pages 73-90

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eBook $159.00
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Hardcover $209.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3668-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Doing Good with Technologies:
Book Subtitle
Taking Responsibility for the Social Role of Emerging Technologies
Authors
Series Title
Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1640-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1640-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1639-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3668-9
Series ISSN
1879-7202
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 152
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