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

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ISBN-10: 0271025409

ISBN-13: 9780271025407

Edition: 2005

Authors: Peter-Paul Verbeek, Robert P. Crease

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Book details

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: 1.034

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