Technics and Praxis

  • Authors
  • Don Ihde

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. A Program in the Philosophy of Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Don Ihde
      Pages 16-27
    3. Don Ihde
      Pages 28-39
    4. Don Ihde
      Pages 40-50
  3. Implications of Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Don Ihde
      Pages 82-92
    3. Don Ihde
      Pages 93-100
  4. Pioneers in the Philosophy of Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Don Ihde
      Pages 130-140
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 151-163

About this book


Depending on how one construes the kinship relations, technology has been either the stepchild of philosophy or its grandfather. In either case, technology has not been taken into the bosom of the family, but has had to wait for attention, care and feeding, while the more unclear elements - science, art, politics, ethics - were being nurtured (or cleaned up). Don Ihde puts technology in the middle of things, and develops a philosophy of technology that is at once distinctive, revealing and thought­ provoking. Typically, philosophy of technology has existed at, or beyond, the margins of the philosophy of science, and therefore the question of technology has come to be posed (when it is) either by historians of technology or by social critics. The philosophy of technology, as analysis and critique of the concepts, methodologies, implicit epistemologies and ontologies of technological praxis and thought, has remained underdeveloped. When philosophy does turn its attention to the insistent presence of technology, it inevitably casts the question in one or another of the dominant modes of philosophical interpretation and reconstruction. Thus, the logic of technological thinking and practice has been a subject of some systematic work (e. g. , in the Praxiology of Kotarbinski and Kotarbinska, among others). And the question of technology's relation to science has been posed in the framework of the nomological model of explanation in the sciences - e. g.


ethics philosophy of science philosophy of technology science

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0954-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9900-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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