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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Philosophy and Technology II

Information Technology and Computers in Theory and Practice

Editors: Mitcham, Carl, Huning, Alois (Eds.)

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Until recently, the philosophy and history of science proceeded in a separate way from the philosophy and history of technology, and indeed with respect to both science and technology, philosophical and historical inquiries were also following their separate ways. Now we see in the past quarter-century how the philosophy of science has been profoundly in­ fluenced by historical studies of the sciences, and no longer concerned so single-mindedly with the analysis of theory and explanation, with the re­ lation between hypotheses and experimental observation. Now also we see the traditional historical studies of technology supplemented by phi­ losophical questions, and no longer so plainly focussed upon contexts of application, on invention and practical engineering, and on the mutually stimulating relations between technology and society. Further, alas, the neat division of intellectual labor, those clearly drawn distinctions be­ tween science and technology, between the theoretical and the applied, between discovery and justification, between internalist and externalist approaches . . . all, all have become muddled! Partly, this is due to internal revolutions within the philosophy and his­ tory of science (the first result being recognition of their mutual rele­ vance). Partly, however, this state of 'muddle' is due to external factors: science, at the least in the last half-century, has become so intimately connected with technology, and technological developments have cre­ ated so many new fields of scientific (and philosophical) inquiry that any critical reflection on scientific and technological endeavors must hence­ forth take their interaction into account.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • Introduction: Information Technology and Computers as Themes in the Philosophy of Technology

    Pages 1-14

    Mitcham, Carl

  • Information Measurement and Information Technology: A Myth of the Twentieth Century

    Pages 17-28

    Kramer-Friedrich, Sybille

  • Information Technologies as Vehicles of Evolution

    Pages 29-47

    Levinson, Paul

  • The Theory-Ladenness of Information

    Pages 49-62

    Rapp, Friedrich

  • Information Does Not Make Sense or: The Relevance Gap in Information Technology and its Social Dangers

    Pages 63-74

    Ropohl, Günter

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy and Technology II
Book Subtitle
Information Technology and Computers in Theory and Practice
Editors
  • Carl Mitcham
  • Alois Huning
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
90
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-4512-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-4512-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-1975-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8510-6
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
384
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