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Living in a Technological Culture

Human Tools and Human Values

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Living in a Technological Culture by Hans Oberdiek
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Technology more than ever has become an established part of our everyday lives.Its sophistication offers us power beyond our human capacity which can either dazzle or threaten us. Living in a Technological Culture examines the relations between science, technology and culture; introducing basic concepts in ethics, and in the philosophy of science and technology. Some of the issues raised include facts, values, efficiency, instrumental rationality, pure and applied science, culture, politics and moral responsibility. Mary Tiles and Hans Oberdieck reveal not only the embeddedness of technologies in cultures,but also the distinctive ways in which modern technology is embedded in the cultures of Western industrialised countries. This book,by questioning our existing uses of technology,opens up the wider debate on the shape of things to come and whether we should be trying to change them now.The authors argue that unless we address the questions posed by technology,we will continue to use technology simply to so stupid things in clever ways. As an introduction to the philosophy of technology,Living in a Technological Culture will be valuable to students,but in assuming no prior background in philosophy,it will engage all mindful users of technology.
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November 16th, 1995
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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