Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology

Volume 13, Issue 1, Winter 2009

Viktor Binzberger
Pages 27-49

Hermeneutic practices in software development
the case of Ada and Python

This paper shows the relevance of hermeneutic philosophy to understand how info­communication technologies frame our contemporary lifeworld. It demonstrates that the programming languages are the result of collective interpretations of the general lifeworld of programmers, management and political decision-makers. By having been inscribed into the processes of language use, this general interpretation permeates the particular practices of understanding that are possible within the language framework.