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61. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology: Volume > 5 > Issue: 3
Andrew Sabl False Frankensteins: The Costs and Illusions of Computer Mastery
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Peter Kroes Technical Functions as Dispositions: a Critical Assessment
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The paper argues that in order to understand the nature of technological knowledge (i.e., knowledge of technical artefacts as distinct from knowledge of natural objects) it is necessary to develop an epistemology of technical functions. This epistemology has to address the problem of the meaning of the notion of function. In the dominant interpretations, functions are considered to be dispositions, comparable to physical dispositions such as fragility and solubility. It is argued that this conception of functions is principally flawed. With the help of Carnap’s analysis of dispositional terms it is shown that there is a fundamental difference between physical dispositional terms and functional dispositional terms. This difference concerns the issue of the normativity; with regard to functional dispositions, it makes sense to construct normative statements of a particular kind, with regard to physical dispositions it does not.
63. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology: Volume > 5 > Issue: 3
Jim Demmers, Dara O'Neil Leavers and Takers: Alternative Perspectives on Universal Access to Telecommunications Technologies
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As pervasive as the use of the Internet has become in the United States, a huge percentage of the world’s population has yet to ever use a telephone. It seems ironic, then, that there is a concerted effort on the part of industrialized nations to first hook up their traditionally disadvantaged citizens to the Internet and second, to hook up citizens of developing nations. This paper addresses the universal access phenomenon by considering the growth of the Internet in terms of Leaver and Taker users—idioms usually associated with a culture’s interactions with its environment. Leaver cultures interact with their environment in a sustainable manner while Taker cultures produce more than they need and impose their ways upon others. The Internet is explored as a community of users, which in its current state is dominated by Takers. However, realizing the need for a more heterogeneous Internet community, this paper explores incentives for Leaver cultures to assimilate online and methods of improving interface designs to be more intuitive to Leaver communities. It is hoped that a tragedy of the commons of Internet resources can be avoided as more Leavers participate in the sustainment of the Internet as a valuable tool for all communities.
64. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology: Volume > 5 > Issue: 3
Walter G. Vincenti The Experimental Assessment of Engineering Theory As a Tool for Design
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Jack Simmons Educational Technology and Academic Freedom
66. Society for Philosophy and Technology Quarterly Electronic Journal: Volume > 4 > Issue: 1
Evandro Agazzi, Hans Lenk Advances in the Philosophy of Technology: Proceedings of a Meeting of the International Academy of the Philosophy of Science, Karlsruhe, Germany, May, 1997
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Kurt Hübner Philosophy of Modern Art and Philosophy of Technology
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Vitali Gorokhov A New Interpretation of Technological Progress
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Paul T. Durbin Advances in Philosophy of Technology?: Comparative Perspectives
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Klaus Kornwachs A Formal Theory of Technology?
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Jean Ladrière The Technical Universe in an Ontological Perspective
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Klaus Mainzer Computer Technology and Evolution: From Artificial Intelligence to Artificial Life
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Hans Lenk Advances in the Philosophy of Technology: New Structural Characteristics of Technologies
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Miguel A. Quintanilla Technical Systems and Technical Progress: A Conceptual Framework
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Introduction to the New Journal
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Don Ihde Philosophy of Technology, 1975-1995
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Carl Mitcham Notes toward a Philosophy of Meta-Technology
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Paul T. Durbin Preface
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Frederick Ferré Philosophy and Technology after Twenty Years
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Joseph C. Pitt On the Philosophy of Technology, Past and Future