|Philosophy of Technology|
The Technological Condition: An Anthology
Scharff / Dusek (Hg)
2014, 736 S, Kt, (Wiley)
Unrivalled in scope and valuable editorial content, Philosophy of Technology: The Technological Condition remains the most comprehensive anthology of philosophy of technology available. The second edition includes new and updated material on recent developments in the field, along with updates to the editors' insightful critical introductions to each topic. It combines seminal essays with an updated selection of contemporary material to reflect changes in the field and in the world since the appearance of the first edition.
In addition to its analysis of the familiar political, social, cultural, and engineering contexts affecting the nature of technology, the volume includes a thorough examination of the influence exerted on technology by historical, metaphysical, and epistemological concerns. It moves from readings on traditional concepts of techne, natural knowledge, and human nature, to the latest assessments of inherited paradigms, rooted in Enlightenment thinking, concerning science, technology, and the philosophy of technology. A substantial portion of the anthology focuses on Heidegger's writings on technology and their influence, and on a variety of questions animated by his work that interrogate technology's connection to the current human condition, especially in the developed world. Further essays consider the proper place of technological practice in human life, the apparent autonomy of technological forces, the idea of technology as a social practice and as a medium of political power, and technology's role as a model for contemporary conceptions of intelligence and information.