Technology and Contemporary Life

  • Paul T. Durbin

Part of the Philosophy and Technology book series (PHTE, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. A Symposium on Albert Borgmann’s Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life

    1. Stanley R. Carpenter
      Pages 1-12
    2. Manfred Stanley
      Pages 13-28
    3. Albert Borgmann
      Pages 29-43
  3. The Co-Relational Community and Technological Culture

  4. The Labor-Saving Device: Evidence of Responsibility?

  5. Symposium on Appropriate Technology

  6. Reflections on the Autonomy of Technology: Biotechnology, Bioethics, and Beyond

  7. Lebenstechnik Und Essen: Toward a Technological Ethics after Heidegger

  8. The Phenomenology of the Quotidian Artifact

    1. Larry Hickman
      Pages 161-176
  9. Symposium on Information Technologies

  10. History, Nature, and Technology

    1. Joseph Margolis
      Pages 217-236
  11. Technological Analogies and their Logical Nature

    1. Andries Sarlemijn, Peter A. Kroes
      Pages 237-255
  12. Public and Occupational Risk: The Double Standard

    1. Kristin Shrader-Frechette
      Pages 257-277
  13. Variety in Technology, Unity in Responsibility?

    1. Walther Ch. Zimmerli
      Pages 279-293
  14. Work and Technology: A Bibliographical Essay

    1. Edmund F. Byrne
      Pages 295-313
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 314-320

About this book


Nearly everyone agrees that life has changed in our technological society, whether the contrast is with earlier stages in Western culture or with non-Western cultures. "Modernization" is just one of various terms that have been applied to the process by which we have arrived at the peculiar lifestyle typical of our age; whatever the term for the process, almost all analysts agree in finding technology to be one of its key ingredients. This is the judgment of critics of all sorts - anthropologists, historians, literary figures, sociologists, theologians. Volume 4 in the Philosophy and Technology series brings the perspectives of philosophers to bear on the issue of characterizing contemporary life, mainly in high-technology societies. Some of the philosophers look at the issue directly. Others focus on work life - or on the living arrangements that surround or condition or offer refuge from work life in technological society. Still others reflect on particular technologies, especially biotechnology and computer technology, that are increasingly affecting both work and family life. There is also a paper on the nature of thinking in technologi­ cal praxis, along with two papers on whether it is appropriate to export this sort of thinking to Third World countries, and another paper on the issue of responsibility in technology - which would have fit better in volume 3 of the series, entitled Technology and Responsibility (1987). Finally, volume 4 closes with a broad-ranging bibliography that takes work and technology as its focus.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul T. Durbin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DelawareUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-2571-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3951-6
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