, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 91–104 | Cite as

Philosophy of technology: A time for maturation

  • Philip Brey
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  1. Andrew Feenberg and Alastair Hannay (eds),Technology and the Politics of Knowledge. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995. Pp. xii + 288. US$15.95 PB, $35 HB.Google Scholar
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    Of those falling most clearly within the scope of philosophy of technology, other than the three anthologies reviewed here, one might mention the following: Carl Mitcham,Thinking Through Technology: The Path Between Engineering and Philosophy, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994; Andrew Feenberg,Alternative Modernity: The Technical Turn in Philosophy and Social Theory, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995; Lorenzo C. Simpson,Technology, Time, and the Conversations of Modernity, London: Routledge, 1995; Raphael Sassower,Cultural Collisions: Postmodern Technoscience, London: Routledge, 1995; David Strong,Crazy Mountains: Learning from Wilderness to Weigh Technology, Albany: SUNY Press, 1995; Mary Tiles and Hans Oberdiek,Living in a Technological Culture: Human Tools and Human Values, London: Routledge, 1995; Frederick Ferré (ed.),Technology and Everyday Life; Research in Philosophy and Technology vol. 14, Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1994; Carl Mitcham (ed.),Social and Philosophical Constructions of Technology, Research in Philosophy and Technology vol. 15. Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1994; Richard Coyne,Designing Information Technology in the Postmodern Age: From Method to Metaphor, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995; Alan Drengson,The Practice of Technology: Exploring Technology, Ecophilosophy, and Spiritual Disciplines for Vital Links, Albany: SUNY Press, 1995; William Lovitt & Harriet Lovitt,Modern Technology in the Heideggerian Perspective, vol. I & vol. II, Lewiston: Meilen Press, 1994 & 1995. Beyond these works, one can find many multi- or interdisciplinary works and works in feminism, history, social theory and cultural studies that also address philosophical issues concerning technology, such as: Richard E. Sclove,Democracy and Technology, New York: Guilford Press, 1995; Aronowitz et al. (eds),Technoscience and Cyberculture:A Cultural Study, London: Routledge, 1995; David Channell (ed.),The Relationship Between Science and Technology:An Anthology of Historical and Philosophical Articles from Technology and Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995; Merritt Roe Smith and Leo Marx (eds),Does Technology Drive History?The Dilemma of Technological Determinism, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994; Johan van der Pot,Steward or Sorcerer’s Apprentice?The Evaluation of Technical Progress:A Systematic Overview of Theories and Opinions vol. 1 & 2, Delft, Netherlands: Eburon, 1994; Richard Buchanan and Victor Margolin (eds),Discovering Design, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.Google Scholar
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    The following works may be mentioned: Friedrich Rapp,Analytical Philosophy of Technology, Boston: Reidel, 1981; Ernest Byrne and Joseph Pitt,Technological Transformation: Contextual and Conceptual Implications (Philosophy and Technology vol. 5), Dordrecht: Kluwer 1989; Peter Kroes and Martijn Bakker (eds),Technological Development and Science in the Industrial Age (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science vol. 144), Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1992; Rachel Laudan (ed.),The Nature of Technological Knowledge: Are Models of Scientific Change Relevant, Boston: Reidel, 1984; Jon Elster,Explaining Technical Change:A Case Study in the Philosophy of Science, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983.New Directions should also be included in this list.Google Scholar
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    Paul Durbin, ‘Conflict over Philosophy of Technology as an Academic Field,’Broad and Narrow Interpretations of Philosophy of Technology (Philosophy and Technology vol. 7), ed. by Paul Durbin, Dordrecht Kluwer, 1990. For a more extensive review of the history of philosophy of technology, see Don Ihde,Philosophy of Technology: An Introduction, New York: Paragon House, 1993, and Carl Mitcham,op. cit. Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Brey
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTwente UniversityEnschedeThe Netherlands

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