- Introducing the Philosophy of Technology
- What Is Living and What Is Dead in Classic European Philosophy of Technology?
- Philosophy of Technology between the Continental and Analytic Traditions
- Whence and W(h)ither Technology Ethics
- Styles of Objectivity in Scientific Instrumentation
- Engineering Knowledge
- The Epistemic Role of Technical Functions
- Revisiting Smartness in the Smart City
- Philosophy of Technology as Politics
- Postcolonialism and Technologies of Identification
- Rawls, Information Technology, and the Sociotechnical Bases of Self-Respect
- Freedom in an Age of Algocracy
- (Bio)technology, Identity, and the Other
- The Technological Uncanny as a Permanent Dimension of Selfhood
- Technology and the Ontology of the Virtual
- Using Philosophy of Language in Philosophy of Technology
- What Is It Like to Be a Bot?
- Technological Multistability and the Trouble with the Things Themselves
- Understanding Engineering Design and Its Social, Political, and Moral Dimensions
- Virtual Reality Media and Aesthetics
- Evaluation, Validation, and Management in Design
- Urban Aesthetics and Technology
- Science Fiction Futures and (Re)visions of the Anthropocene
- A Framework for Thawing Value Conflicts in the GMO Debate
- The Minded Body in Technology and Disability
- Outer Space as a New Frontier for Technology Ethics
- Technology, Cognitive Enhancement, and Virtue Ethics
- Towards an Existential and Emancipatory Ethic of Technology
- Why Confucianism Matters in Ethics of Technology
- Reflections on Promises and Perils Thinking for Emerging Technologies
- The Empirical Turn
- Care Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, and Robots in Humanitarian Action
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter offers a meta-philosophical account or a philosophy of the philosophy of technology. It first pictures the philosophy of technology as itself a technique, namely an academic discipline, with its own politics. It then explores the largely unexamined political imperatives of this technique drawing from the works of Martin Heidegger and Ivan Illich as well as literature in interdisciplinary studies. The following sections offer first a defense of the discipline and then a critique. Philosophers should in fact be disciplined in important ways. The problem is in how the modern academic discipline is a technique without a governor to limit its excesses. The chapter next offers an account of different philosophies of technology with alternative politics. The chapter concludes with some ideas for reforming philosophy of technology in the twenty-first century.
Adam Briggle is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas. He is the author of A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking (2015) and Socrates Tenured: The Institutions of 21st Century Philosophy (with Robert Frodeman, 2016).
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