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Philosophy and Technology II

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Until recently, the philosophy and history of science proceeded in a separate way from the philosophy and history of technology, and indeed with respect to both science and technology, philosophical and historical inquiries were also following their separate ways. Now we see in the past quarter-century how the philosophy of science has been profoundly in fluenced by historical studies of the sciences, and no longer concerned so single-mindedly with the analysis of theory and explanation, with the re lation between hypotheses and experimental observation. Now also we see the traditional historical studies of technology supplemented by phi losophical questions, and no longer so plainly focussed upon contexts of application, on invention and practical engineering, and on the mutually stimulating relations between technology and society. Further, alas, the neat division of intellectual labor, those clearly drawn distinctions be tween science and technology, between the theoretical and the applied, between discovery and justification, between internalist and externalist approaches . . . all, all have become muddled! Partly, this is due to internal revolutions within the philosophy and his tory of science (the first result being recognition of their mutual rele vance). Partly, however, this state of 'muddle' is due to external factors: science, at the least in the last half-century, has become so intimately connected with technology, and technological developments have cre ated so many new fields of scientific (and philosophical) inquiry that any critical reflection on scientific and technological endeavors must hence forth take their interaction into account.


Introduction: Information Technology and Computers as Themes in the Philosophy of Technology.- I/The Metaphysical and Epistemological Character of Information.- Information Measurement and Information Technology: A Myth of the Twentieth Century.- Information Technologies as Vehicles of Evolution.- The Theory-ladenness of Information.- Information Does Not Make Sense - Or: The Relevance Gap in Information Technology and Its Social Dangers.- "Information" in Epistemological and Ontological Perspective.- II/Philosophical Analyses of the Interactions Between Human Beings and Computers.- Bio-Social Cybernetic Determination - or Responsible Freedom?.- Minds, Machines and Meaning.- From Socrates to Expert Systems: The Limits of Calculative Rationality.- Machine Perception.- Men and Machines: The Computational Metaphor.- Information, Artificial Intelligence, and the Praxical.- III/Ethical and Political Issues Associated with Information Technology and Computers.- Philosophical Reflections on the Microelectronic Revolution.- Microelectronics and Workers'Rights.- Information Technology and the Technological System.- The Computer as a Diagnostic Tool in Medicine.- Socio-Philosophical Notes on the Implications of the Computer Revolution.- Information Technology and the Problem of Incontinence.- Privacy as an Ethical Problem in the Computer Society.- Myth Information: Romantic Politics in the Computer Revolution.- Who Is to Blame for Data Pollution? On Individual Moral Responsibility with Information Technology.- Select Annotated Bibliography on Philosophical Studies of Information Technology and Computers.- 1. Bibliographies.- 2. Historical Studies.- 3. Technical Studies.- 4. General Bibliography.- 5. Author Index.- Name Index.


Titel: Philosophy and Technology II
Untertitel: Information Technology and Computers in Theory and Practice
EAN: 9789401085106
ISBN: 9401085102
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Springer Netherlands
Anzahl Seiten: 380
Gewicht: 575g
Größe: H235mm x B155mm x T20mm
Jahr: 2011
Auflage: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1986

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