Philosophy Of Technology: An Introduction (Paragon Issues In Philosophy)
Publish Date: 1998-04-13
Author: Don Ihde
Technologys impact on and implications for the social, ethical, political, and cultural dimensions of our world must be seriously considered and addressed. Philosophy of Technology is a clear introduction to one of philosophys newest issues. Don Ihde critically examines the impact of technological developments on various cultures throughout historyfrom the earliest feats of engineering and architecture to the cutting-edge developments in artificial intelligence with an aim to understanding the human implications within a world technological culture.
Using a wide variety of concrete examples and illustrations, including artificial intelligence, robotics, and nuclear energy, the author looks at both the current situation and future directions. In a final chapter, he takes the position that the foundational concern for the twenty-first century is the global environment, followed closely by multiculturality and its effect on technoculture, the future of warfare, and the distribution of wealth in a world economy.
Provides an introduction to the best and most recent literature on the subject
Places the philosophy of technology within the overall project of philosophy
Provides a clear and comprehensive overview of the main issue in the field
Promotes understanding of the special role of philosophical criticism
Contains a wealth of often humorous and highly imaginative examples that have become the hallmark of this author