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date: 21 October 2021

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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.

Keywords: disciplinary capture, field philosophy, impact, policy, non-disciplinary philosophy, transdisciplinarity

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