French Philosophy of Technology

Classical Readings and Contemporary Approaches

  • Sacha Loeve
  • Xavier Guchet
  • Bernadette Bensaude Vincent

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Sacha Loeve, Xavier Guchet, Bernadette Bensaude Vincent
    Pages 1-20
  3. Negotiating a Cultural Heritage

  4. Coining and Reconfiguring Technoscience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. François-David Sebbah
      Pages 157-168
    3. Bernadette Bensaude Vincent, Sacha Loeve
      Pages 169-186
  5. Revisiting Anthropological Categories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Catherine Larrère, Raphaël Larrère
      Pages 189-208
    3. John Stewart
      Pages 227-235
    4. Bernadette Bensaude Vincent
      Pages 279-298
    5. Bernard Stiegler
      Pages 299-314
  6. Innovating in Ethics, Design and Aesthetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Jean-Yves Goffi
      Pages 317-330
    3. Michel Puech
      Pages 331-344
    4. Sacha Loeve
      Pages 361-384

About this book


Offering an overall insight into the French tradition of philosophy of technology, this volume is meant to make French-speaking contributions more accessible to the international philosophical community. The first section, “Negotiating a Cultural Heritage,” presents a number of leading 20th century philosophical figures (from Bergson and Canguilhem to Simondon, Dagognet or Ellul) and intellectual movements (from Personalism to French Cybernetics and political ecology) that help shape philosophy of technology in the Francophone area, and feed into contemporary debates (ecology of technology, politics of technology, game studies). The second section, “Coining and Reconfiguring Technoscience,” traces the genealogy of this controversial concept and discusses its meanings and relevance. A third section, “Revisiting Anthropological Categories,” focuses on the relationships of technology with the natural and the human worlds from various perspectives that include anthropotechnology, Anthropocene, technological and vital norms and temporalities. The final section, “Innovating in Ethics, Design and Aesthetics,” brings together contributions that draw on various French traditions to afford fresh insights on ethics of technology, philosophy of design, techno-aesthetics and digital studies. The contributions in this volume are vivid and rich in original approaches that can spur exchanges and debates with other philosophical traditions. 


Biological philosophy and French philosophy of technology Epistemology of Technology Historical Epistemology and French philosophy of technology Phenomenological/Deconstructionist approach to technology Technological Anthropology Technological Ethics The Christian approach to philosophy of technology French approaches to Cybernetics Industrial Esthetics Approach to philosophy of technology French Marxist approaches to philosophy of technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sacha Loeve
    • 1
  • Xavier Guchet
    • 2
  • Bernadette Bensaude Vincent
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculté de Philosophie/Institut de Recherches Philosophiques de Lyon (IRPhiL - EA 4187)Université Lyon 3 Jean MoulinLyonFrance
  2. 2.Connaissance, Organisation et Systèmes TECHniques (COSTECH)Université de technologie de Compiègne (UTC)CompiègneFrance
  3. 3.UFR de Philosophie/Centre d'Etude des Techniques, des COnnaissances et des PRAtiques (CETCOPRA - EA2483)Université Paris 1 Panthéon - SorbonneParisFrance

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