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De-Marginalizing the Philosophy of Technology
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2012 (English)In: Techne, Vol. 16, no 2, 89-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Five examples are given of major philosophical discussions in which technology needs to be taken into account. In the philosophy of science, the notion of mechanism has a central role. It has a technological origin, and its interpretation has links to technology. In the philosophy of mind, a series of technological analogues have had a deep influence on our understanding of human cognition: automata and watches, telegraphy and telephony, and most recently computers. The discussion on free will largely concerns, in Locke's words, whether we can "put morality and mechanism together." Notions of computation and automata that have been abstracted from the behavior of technological devices are key concepts both in logic and in the philosophy of mathematics. Finally, bioethics is largely concerned with the ethical issues that new technologies give rise to in healthcare. As these examples show, there is no lack of technology-related subject matter in philosophy, but there is a lack of sustained attention to it.

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2012. Vol. 16, no 2, 89-93 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-86277DOI: 10.5840/techne20121629ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84875361420OAI: diva2:500573

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