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Philosophy of Engineering and Technology

French Philosophy of Technology

Classical Readings and Contemporary Approaches

Editors: Loeve, Sacha, Guchet, Xavier, Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette (Eds.)

  • First volume to present a general overview on French Philosophy of Technology
  • Offers both a look at the historical developments and current issues related to French Philosophy of Technology
  • Tackles a wide range of approaches to provide a comprehensive view on philosophy of technology from a Francophonic perspective
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Offering an overall insight into the French tradition of philosophy of technology, this volume is meant to make French-speaking contributions more accessible to the international philosophical community. The first section, “Negotiating a Cultural Heritage,” presents a number of leading 20th century philosophical figures (from Bergson and Canguilhem to Simondon, Dagognet or Ellul) and intellectual movements (from Personalism to French Cybernetics and political ecology) that help shape philosophy of technology in the Francophone area, and feed into contemporary debates (ecology of technology, politics of technology, game studies). The second section, “Coining and Reconfiguring Technoscience,” traces the genealogy of this controversial concept and discusses its meanings and relevance. A third section, “Revisiting Anthropological Categories,” focuses on the relationships of technology with the natural and the human worlds from various perspectives that include anthropotechnology, Anthropocene, technological and vital norms and temporalities. The final section, “Innovating in Ethics, Design and Aesthetics,” brings together contributions that draw on various French traditions to afford fresh insights on ethics of technology, philosophy of design, techno-aesthetics and digital studies. The contributions in this volume are vivid and rich in original approaches that can spur exchanges and debates with other philosophical traditions. 

About the authors

Sacha Loeve is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University Lyon 3 Jean Moulin, where he teaches philosophy and history of science and technology. His main research interests are the philosophy of contemporary technoscientific objects (with various fieldwork studies on nanotechnology, synthetic biology, pharmacology, and carbon), the history of technology as a mode of knowledge, the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon, and the role of humanities in engineering and technology.

Xavier Guchet is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at the University of Technology Compiègne. As a researcher, he is interested in bridging epistemological and ethical issues related to converging technology (nanobiotechnology) and personalized genomic medicine. He wrote four books on evolutionary approaches to technology (2005), on French philosopher of technology Gilbert Simondon (2010) on nanotechnology (2014), and on personalized medicine (2016).

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and History of Science at the university Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research interests span from the philosophy of chemical technologies to nano and biotechnologies. She has extensively published on materials, technoscience and synthetic biology. 

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Is There a French Philosophy of Technology? General Introduction

    Loeve, Sacha (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Philosophy and Technology in the French Tradition. The Legacy of François Dagognet

    Chazal, Gérard

    Pages 23-35

  • On the Current Uses of Simondon’s Philosophy of Technology

    Bontems, Vincent

    Pages 37-49

  • Christianity and the Philosophy of Technology in France

    Cérézuelle, Daniel

    Pages 51-63

  • Rise of the Machines: Challenging Comte’s Legacy with Mechanology, Cybernetics, and the Heuristic Values of Technology

    Le Roux, Ronan

    Pages 65-80

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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
French Philosophy of Technology
Book Subtitle
Classical Readings and Contemporary Approaches
Editors
  • Sacha Loeve
  • Xavier Guchet
  • Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent
Series Title
Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89518-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89518-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89517-8
Series ISSN
1879-7202
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 400
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations
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