Analytical Philosophy of Technology

  • Friedrich Rapp

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 63)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Friedrich Rapp
    Pages 1-22
  3. Friedrich Rapp
    Pages 37-65
  4. Friedrich Rapp
    Pages 66-117
  5. Friedrich Rapp
    Pages 118-186
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-202

About this book


Friedrich Rapp, in this magisterial and critical essay on technology, the complex human phenomenon that demands philosophy of science, philosophy of culture, moral insight, and historical sensi­ tivity for its understanding, writes modestly of the grave and ten­ tative situation in the philosophy of technology. Despite the pro­ found thinkers who have devoted time and imagination and ratio­ nal penetration, despite the massive literature now available, the varied and comparative viewpoints of political, analytic, despite metaphysical, cultural, even esthetic commitments, indeed despite the honest joining of historical and systematic methods of inves­ tigation, we are far from a satisfactory understanding of the joys and sorrows, the achievements and disappointments, of the tech­ nological saga of human societies. Professor Rapp has prepared this report on the philosophical understanding of technology for a troubled world; if ever philosophy were needed, it is in the prac­ tical attempt to find alternatives among technologies, to foresee dangers and opportunities, to choose with a sense of the possibil­ ity of fulfilling humane values. Emerson spoke of the scholar not as a specialist apart, but as 'Man thinking' and Rapp's essay so speaks to all of us, industrial world or third world, engineers or humanists, tired or energetic, fearful or optimistic.


analytical philosophy philosophy of science philosophy of technology science

Authors and affiliations

  • Friedrich Rapp
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Wissenschafts- und TechnikgeschichteTechnische Universität BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1222-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8412-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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