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Métis: Reconfiguring the Philosophy of Engineering

  • José Aravena-Reyes
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Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 31)

Abstract

The philosophy of engineering often conceives engineering as subordinate to technology, that is, as a kind of technological problem solving through scientific knowledge. However, many engineering solutions have been criticized because of the particular technical objects produced. Philosophical arguments by such thinkers as Gilbert Simondon, Gilles Deleuze, and Bernard Stiegler challenge this approach and suggest new ways for understanding engineering. Using etymological arguments, Carl Mitcham has contributed to the debate, although he consistently points to a lógos built on the epistemological grounds of modern science. This work proposes a reconfiguration of his etymological analysis that rescues métis, a word used by the Greeks to describe this cunning and inventive mode of thinking, something which is strongly associated with ancient and contemporary technical production, but has yet to be explored philosophically. The inclusion of métis in philosophical discussions of engineering may open new perspectives on the role of engineering in society, especially in the face of problems with the contemporary production of technical objects and the implications in the so-called anthropocentric age.

Keywords

Philosophy of engineering Technology Invention Techné Métis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering, Civil Construction DepartmentFederal University of Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil

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