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Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology

Volume 12, Issue 2, Spring 2008

Postphenomenology: Historical and Contemporary Horizons

Val Dusek
Pages 105-109

Ihde’s Instrumental Realism and the Marxist Account of Technology in Experimental Science

Edgar Zilsel offers a Marxist account of the rise of experimental science avoiding both crude determinism and the anti-scientific bias of much “Western Marxism.” This account supplements Don Ihde’s instrumental realism with a social account of the systematic extension of perception by instrumentation. The social contact of non-literate craftspeople with purely intellectual scholars forged the social basis of what became technoscience.

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