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Reimagining Philosophy and Technology, Reinventing Ihde

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  • Features 11 new essays on philosophy and technology related to Don Ihde's work
  • Includes Ihde's early outline of the motivations behind postphenomenology and a new paper of his
  • Develops postphenomenological ideas, yet accessible to scholars from a range of disciplines
  • Includes annotated bibliography of all Ihde's books and volumes on his work; fully indexed

Part of the book series: Philosophy of Engineering and Technology (POET, volume 33)

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This volume includes eleven original essays that explore and expand on the work of Don Ihde, bookended by two chapters by Ihde himself. Ihde, the recipient of the first Society for Philosophy and Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, is best known for his development of postphenomenology, a blend of pragmatism and phenomenology that incorporates insights into the ways technology mediates human perception and action.

The book contains contributions from academics from Europe, North America, and Asia, which demonstrates the global impact of Ihde’s work. Essays in the book

  • explore the relationship between Ihde's work and its origins in phenomenology (especially Husserl and Heidegger) and American pragmatism;
  • integrate his philosophical work within the embodied experience of radical architecture and imagine the possibility of a future philosophy of technology after postphenomenology;
  • develop central ideas of postphenomenology and expand the resources present in postphenomenology to ethics and politics; and
  • extend the influence of Ihde's ideas to mobile media and engineering, and comprehensively assess the influence of his work in China. 

The book includes a reprint of the Introduction of Sense and Significance, one of Ihde's first books; "Hawk: Predatory Vision," a new chapter that blends his biographical experience with feminism, technoscience, and environmental observation; and an appendix that lists all of Ihde's books as well as secondary sources annotated by Ihde himself.

Starting with an Editors' Introduction that offers an overview of the central ideas in Ihde's corpus and concluding with an index that facilitates research across the various chapters, this book is of interest to a diverse academic community that includes philosophers, STS scholars, anthropologists, historians, and sociologists.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Extending Concepts and Theories

  2. Inventing New Connections

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

    Glen Miller

  • Department of Science, Technology, and Society, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

    Ashley Shew

About the editors

Glen Miller is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of North Texas. His research triangulates the history of philosophy, especially ethics and politics, and two emerging areas of concern, the environment and technology. He regularly teaches a large course on engineering ethics and investigates issues in applied, practical, and professional ethics, including bioethics and cyberethics.

Ashley Shew works as a philosopher of technology in the Department for Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. Her interests include animal studies, disability studies, and emerging technologies. She is the author of Animal Constructions and Technological Knowledge (2017) and co-editor of Spaces for the Future: A Companion to Philosophy of Technology (2017). She currently focuses her research on narrative accounts surrounding disability, enhancement, bodies, and technologies.

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