The Road to Modern Technology

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

Abstract

The scientific orientation of the engineer and the historian of technology leads them to regard technological processes and systems as isolable phenomena, capable of being analyzed strictly in terms of the principles of their constructions and functional mechanisms. The human actors through whose agency these artifacts are created, the motives which drive them, and particularly the effects of technology on social, cultural, and intellectual life are, for the most part, disregarded. This approach, which is both abstract and, in an objective sense, also concrete, is fruitful and even indispensable in clarifying the specifically technological side and the methodological principles of the technological action.

Keywords

Europe Petroleum Steam Transportation Income 

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1981

Authors and Affiliations

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

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