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The Policy Turn in the Philosophy of Technology

  • Adam Briggle
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Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 23)

Abstract

The empirical turn has been framed far too much in terms of what philosophers say and not to whom they speak. I apply the logic of the empirical turn to the very philosophers who carry its banner. I argue that once we look at them through their own lens, we discover that the empirical turn is not such a revolutionary thing after all. It is a turn within the disciplinary model of knowledge production. In other words, its own material culture and political economy look just the same as so-called classical philosophy of technology. In contrast, I sketch out what a policy turn looks like, which is a turn toward a new model of philosophical research, one that begins with real-world problems as they are debated in public and cashes out its value in real-time with a variety of stakeholders. I conclude by sketching some of the main ramifications of taking a policy turn in the philosophy of technology.

Keywords

Relevance Socially-engaged philosophy Impact 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North TexasDentonUSA

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