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    What Things Do Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design

    ISBN-10: 0271025409
    ISBN-13: 9780271025407
    Edition: 2005
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    Copyright Year: 2005
    Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
    Publication Date: 9/1/2005
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 264
    Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.210
    Language: English

    Peter-Paul Verbeek is professor of philosophy of technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, extraordinary professor (Socrates chair) of philosophy of human enhancement at Delft University of Technology, and chairman of the Young Academy, a division of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design.

    Preface and Acknowledgments
    Introduction: To the Things Themselves
    The Death of Things
    The Thing About the Philosophy of Technology
    Toward a Philosophy of Artifacts
    Philosophy Beyond Things
    Technology and the Self
    Introduction
    Technology and Mass-Rule
    Human Beings and Mass Production
    Mass Existence
    The Neutrality of Technology
    Conclusion
    The Thing about Technology
    Introduction
    Heidegger's Philosophy of Technology
    To Be or Not to Be--That Is the Question
    Heidegger and Things
    Conclusion
    Philosophy from Things
    Postphenomenology
    Introduction
    Empirical Research into Technology
    Beyond Classical Phenomenology
    Toward a Postphenomenology of Things
    A Material Hermeneutic
    Introduction
    Relations Between Human Beings and Artifacts
    Mediation and Meaning
    Artifacts, Culture, and Science
    Conclusion
    The Acts of Artifacts
    Introduction
    Latour's Amodern Ontology
    Technical Mediation
    Actor-Network Theory and Postphenomenology
    Mediation of Action
    Conclusion
    Devices and the Good Life
    Introduction
    The Device Paradigm
    Technology and the Good Life
    Beyond Alienation
    Mediated Engagement
    Conclusion: The Mediation of Action and Experience
    Philosophy for Things
    Artifacts in Design
    Introduction
    The Materiality of Things
    Toward a Material Aesthetics
    Durable Designs
    Conclusion

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