Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life A Philosophical Inquiry

ISBN-10: 0226066290
ISBN-13: 9780226066295
Edition: 1987 (Reprint)
Authors: Albert Borgmann
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/15/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Blending social analysis and philosophy, Albert Borgmann maintains that technology creates a controlling pattern in our lives. This pattern, discernible even in such an inconspicuous action as switching on a stereo, has global effects: it sharply divides life into labor and leisure, it sustains the industrial democracies, and it fosters the view that the earth itself is a technological device. He argues that technology has served us as well in conquering hunger and disease, but that when we turn to it for richer experiences, it leads instead to a life dominated by effortless and thoughtless consumption. Borgmann does not reject technology but calls for public conversation about the nature of the good life. He counsels us to make room in a technological age for matters of ultimate concern--things and practices that engage us in their own right.

Acknowledgments
The Problem of Technology
Technology and Theory
Theories of Technology
The Choice of a Theory
Scientific Theory
Scientific Explanation
The Scope of Scientific Explanation
Science and Technology
The Character of Technology
The Promise of Technology
The Device Paradigm
The Foreground of Technology
Devices, Means, and Machines
Paradigmatic Explanation
Technology and the Social Order
Technology and Democracy
The Rule of Technology
Political Engagement and Social Justice
Work and Labor
Leisure, Excellence, and Happiness
The Stability of Technology
The Reform of Technology
The Possibilities of Reform
Deictic Discourse
The Challenge of Nature
Focal Things and Practices
Wealth and the Good Life
Political Affirmation
The Recovery of the Promise of Technology
Notes
Index

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