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Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: A Philosophical Inquiry

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Blending social analysis and philosophy, Albert Borgmann maintains that technology creates a controlling pattern in our lives. This pattern, discernible even in such an inconspicuous action as switching on a stereo, has global effects: it sharply divides life into labor and leisure, it sustains the industrial democracies, and it fosters the view that the earth itself is a technological device. He argues that technology has served us as well in conquering hunger and disease, but that when we turn to it for richer experiences, it leads instead to a life dominated by effortless and thoughtless consumption. Borgmann does not reject technology but calls for public conversation about the nature of the good life. He counsels us to make room in a technological age for matters of ultimate concern—things and practices that engage us in their own right.

About the Author

Albert Borgmann is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana. He is the author of Crossing the Postmodern Divide, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Part One - The Problem of Technology

1. Technology and Theory

2. Theories of Technology

3. The Choice of a Theory

4. Scientific Theory

5. Scientific Explanation

6. The Scope of Scientific Explanation

7. Science and Technology

Part Two - The Character of Technology

8. The Promise of Technology

9. The Device Paradigm

10. The Foreground of Technology

11. Devices, Means, and Machines

12. Paradigmatic Explanation

13. Technology and the Social Order

14. Technology and Democracy

15. The Rule of Technology

16. Political Engagement and Social Justice

17. Work and Labor

18. Leisure, Excellence, and Happiness

19. The Stability of Technology

Part Three - The Reform of Technology

20. The Possibilities of Reform

21. Deictic Discourse

22. The Challenge of Nature

23. Focal Things and Practices

24. Wealth and the Good Life

25. Political Affirmation

26. The Recovery of the Promise of Technology

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226066295
Author:
Borgman, Albert
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Borgmann, Albert
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
9.28x6.14x.69 in. .91 lbs.

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