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The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology

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"The questions he poses about the relationship between technical change and political power are pressing ones that can no longer be ignored, and identifying them is perhaps the most a nascent 'philosophy of technology' can expect to achieve at the present time."—David Dickson, New York Times Book Review

"The Whale and the Reactor is the philosopher's equivalent of superb public history. In its pages an analytically trained mind confronts some of the most pressing political issues of our day."—Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Isis

About the Author

Langdon Winner is professor of political science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the author of Autonomous Technology.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

I. A Philosophy of Technology

1. Technologies as Forms of Life

2. Do Artifacts Have Politics?

3. Techne and Politeia

II. Technology: Reform and Revolution

4. Building the Better Mousetrap

5. Decentralization Clarified

6. Mythinformation

III. Excess and Limit

7. The State of Nature Revisited

8. On Not Hitting the Tar-Baby

9. Brandy, Cigars and Human Values

10. The Whale and the Reactor

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226902111
Author:
Winner, Langdon
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
High technology
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
119
Publication Date:
19880131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
214
Dimensions:
9.02x6.05x.64 in. .72 lbs.

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