- Copyright Page
- Author Biographies
- Introducing the Philosophy of Technology
- What Is Living and What Is Dead in Classic European Philosophy of Technology?
- The Empirical Turn
- Philosophy of Technology and 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
- Toward an Existential and Emancipatory Ethic of Technology
- Why Confucianism Matters for the Ethics of Technology
- Care Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, and Robots in Humanitarian Action
- Emerging Technology as Promise and Peril
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses how humans envision futures, especially environmental futures, including the climate crisis, the Anthropocene, and mass extinctions. Although the philosophy of technology has traditionally examined the forecasting of technological risk and arguments about whether to embrace or reject the growth of technological mediation of human lives, the field has yet to fully investigate environmental futurisms and imagination. To begin a conversation for the philosophy of technology, philosophies of science fiction narrative discuss the different roles that imagination plays in projecting our concerns with the present onto futures that have not occurred and future generations who are not yet living. One of the key issues that the chapter explores is how science fiction imagination is based on assumptions and values about the history of technological change, including industrialization, capitalism, and colonialism. These issues reveal ways in which technology, future narrative, and climate justice are related.
Julia D. Gibson is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the APPLE (Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics) consortium at Queen’s University. They envision their research taking shape where the boundaries between feminist, political, and environmental philosophy grow pleasantly and productively murky. Her publications include articles in Environmental Philosophy, the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, and the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. Their research exploring the commonalities, tensions, and incommensurabilities of decolonial and interspecies justice finds relational and material expression in her public philosophy work on the family farm. Julia currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy.
Kyle Powys Whyte is George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Previously, Kyle was Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability and Timnick Chair at Michigan State University. Kyle’s research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the anthropocene. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
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