books — 27 voters. The Whale and the Reactor by Langdon Winner Conscientious Objections by Neil Postman The Second Self by Sherry Turkle The UNIX. “–David Dickson, New York Times Book Review “The Whale and the Reactor is the philosopher’s equivalent of superb public history. The book The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, Langdon Winner is published by University of Chicago Press.

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The Work of the University. Nonetheless, still a good book to read in conjunction with other philosophical treatments of technology. May 16, Bryan Kibbe rated it really liked it. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks!

But nevertheless full of gems. Technology Ethics in Applied Ethics. Gives a pretty good overview of changing conceptions of technology Legal Education and the Reqctor of Hierarchy.


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Sam J rated it really liked it Oct 03, Jennifer Daryl Slack – – Peter Lang. Item s unavailable for purchase. Jen rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Sign in to use this feature. He argues that the reasons people have for limiting technology such as threats to health, resources, environmentwhile valid, “restrict the range of moral and political criteria that are permissible in public deliberations about technological change” Langdon Winner is currently my favorite living academic.

Medical Ethics in the Age of Technology. In particular, Winner offers very thoughtful discussions of the technological imperatives embedded in technologies, the concept of “nature,” and the wuale of decentralization.


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He argues that the adaptation of some technologies has shown that “reasons of practical necessity. The physical arrangements of industrial production, warfare, communications, etc. Moreover, by substituting “risk” for the more straightforward concept of “danger” current debates about issues such as environmental policy shift the burden of proof to those who resist technological innovation.

He believes that, unlike other forms of human creativity, technology has never been considered a subject worthy of philosophical inquiry. See if you have enough points for this item.

He laments a lot of technology as simply “progress for progress’ sake”, but he doesn’t give any way to evaluate what is thf technology and what is bad.

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Winner fears that our instruments have become institutions recator the making — that in our time ” techne has at last become politeia. A Larger Sense of Purpose.

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