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Analytical Philosophy of Technology

Author: Friedrich Rapp
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1981.
Series: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, 63.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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-  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Friedrich Rapp
ISBN: 9789027712226 9027712220 9789400984127 940098412X
OCLC Number: 851380238
Description: 1 online resource (volumes).
Contents: I. Stages of the Philosophy of Technology --
1. Introduction --
2. The Engineering Perspective --
3. Philosophy of Culture --
4. Social Criticism --
5. The Earth as a System --
6. The Problem of Diversity of Approaches --
II. Differing Versions of the Concept of 'Technology' --
1. Problems of Definition --
2. Historical and Systematic Analysis --
3. Periods in the History of Technology --
4. Semantic Variations of the Concept of 'Technology' --
5. Attempts at Definition --
III. Methodological Analysis --
1. The Determinants of Technological Development --
2. The Range of Action --
3. The Transformation of the Material World --
4. The Neutrality of Technological Means --
5. Hypothetical Imperatives --
6. Technological Progress --
IV. The Road to Modern Technology --
1. The Socio-cultural Approach --
2. Historical Determination --
3. Magical and Technological Thinking --
4. Socio-economic Conditions --
5. Technological Foundations --
6. The Industrial Revolution --
7. Engineering Sciences and Natural Sciences --
8. Intellectual Prerequisites --
9. Complex Interconnections --
10. Natural Instinct and Volitional Creativity --
V. The Technological World --
1. Nature and Artifacts --
2. The Cosmic Dimension --
3. Accumulation and 'Self-Reinforcement' --
4. The Acting Individuals --
5. Individual Freedom and Collective Tasks --
6. The Universality of Modern Technology --
7. The Benefits of Technology and Their Cost --
8. Changed Criteria --
9. New Values --
10. The Crisis in the Assessment of Technology --
Name Index.
Series Title: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, 63.
Responsibility: by Friedrich Rapp.

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