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date: 20 March 2019

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This chapter examines John Dewey’s account of technology as it relates to some of the central components of his version of pragmatism. His proposals are contrasted with representative twentieth-century views, including those of mid-century positivists, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Ellul, and Frankfurt School critical theorists, including Jürgen Habermas. His work is then located within the context of important vectors in twenty-first century philosophy of technology, including the work of Don Ihde, Peter-Paul Verbeek, Andrew Feenberg, Bruno Latour, and Andrew Pickering. His pragmatic view of technology is presented as radical in the sense that it is applicable beyond what are commonly regarded as the technosciences, even for example to logic and religion. It comprises a set of proposals for a continuing reconstruction of culture by means of systematic, regulated inquiry.

Keywords: Dewey, pragmatism, technology, Frankfurt School, philosophy of technology

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