Technological Explanation

  • Joseph C. Pitt
Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 3)


The structure of the chapter is as follows: after a discussion of the need for a theory of technological explanation, I differentiate technological explanation from physical, teleological, psychological, and social explanation. Attention is then directed to answering questions as a means of providing technological explanations. A distinction between internal and external audiences is also introduced to provide a means for characterizing different kinds of explanations in terms of the audiences to which they are directed and the kinds of questions which when answered provide the appropriate explanation. Next the concept “system” is introduced.


Scientific Explanation Internal Combustion Engine Official Investigation Social Technology Internal Audience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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