Foundations of Science

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 275–278 | Cite as

Does an Old Art Suffice for New Problems?

  • Tsjalling SwierstraEmail author


In this review I argue that Puech draws on two important currents in modern thought: the criticism of the ontological and social priority of conflict, and the rehabilitation of praxis vis-à-vis theoria. Still, his plea for a non-confrontational art of living leaves important questions unanswered. What is the problem exactly? What does exactly count as (non)confrontational? What is non-confrontation exactly meant to solve? What is the antiposition here? And: how does this new (or rather: old) art of living relate to the political and ethical varieties of Technology Assessment?


Ethical Technology Assessment STS Ethics Art of life Technological culture 


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  1. 1.MaastrichtNetherlands

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