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Introduction to Philosophy of Technology

Book by Mark Coeckelbergh.
Published by Oxford University Press.
336 Pages.

Addressing the technological opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, Introduction to Philosophy of Technology offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive overview of philosophy of technology available. It covers several of the classic theories and approaches, but also moves beyond them to explore a broader range of theories and a number of new dynamics in the field, including responding to new technological developments. Esteemed scholar Mark Coeckelbergh emphasizes how new technological developments stimulate philosophical thinking–and rethinking–and how philosophers of technology could do more to interact with other subdisciplines in philosophy and fields beyond academia, such as art and policy.

  • Comprehensive, systematic, and up-to-date coverage of philosophy of technology
  • Includes case studies throughout
  • Engages with fields beyond the philosophy of technology, including ethics, philosophy of language, innovation, and policy (see Part 4)
  • Shows how technological developments stimulate philosophical thinking (see Part III)
  • Each chapter ends with review questions, discussion questions, recommended reading, and key terms

Table of Contents

Introduction: Philosophy of Technology?

  • Introduction
  • History and Landscape

Thinking About Technology By Starting From Theory

  • Phenomenology and Hermeneutics: Heidegger, McLuhan, and Contemporary Work
  • Postphenomenology, Material Hermeneutics, and Mediation Theory
  • Critical Theory and Feminism
  • Pragmatism, Analytic Approaches, and Transcultural Philosophy

Thinking About Technology By Starting From Technology

  • From Information Technologies to Philosophy and Ethics of Information
  • From Robotics and AI to Thinking about Moral Status and Human Relationships
  • From Genetic Engineering and Cyborgs to Transhumanism and Posthumanism
  • From Climate Change and Geoengineering to Questioning “Nature” and Thinking in and about the “Anthropocene”

Thinking About Technology By Going Beyond Philosophy of Technology (Philosophy of Technology +)

  • Philosophy of Technology and Other Philosophy: (Re)Connecting with Other Philosophical Subdisciplines
  • Philosophy of Technology and Other Academic Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity
  • Philosophy of Technology and Other Practices Beyond Academia

About the Author

Mark Coeckelbergh is Professor of Media and Technology in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna and was also President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. He is the author of twelve books and a member of the High Level Expert Group on AI of the European Commission.