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A Philosophy of TechnologyThe Role of Social Factors in Technological Development

A Philosophy of Technology: The Role of Social Factors in Technological Development [The subject of this chapter is the interaction between technology and society but more particularly, between technological development and the context of such development. There are different views about the way in which technology and society influence each other, varying from the idea that technology develops independently of the social context to the diametrically opposed view that the social context determines how technology develops. We shall discuss both these rather extreme viewpoints and provide critical comments before going on to present an alternative point of view in which technological development is seen as the result of what is technically possible and socially desirable. We shall also briefly look at this issue from the perspective of sociotechnical systems as introduced in the previous chapter. First, though, we contemplate why this question occupies such a prominent position in the philosophy of technology. We shall see that it has to do with totally different – positive and negative – views of the role of technology for humans and society.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Philosophy of TechnologyThe Role of Social Factors in Technological Development

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2011
ISBN
978-3-031-79969-3
Pages
83 –101
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-79971-6_7
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The subject of this chapter is the interaction between technology and society but more particularly, between technological development and the context of such development. There are different views about the way in which technology and society influence each other, varying from the idea that technology develops independently of the social context to the diametrically opposed view that the social context determines how technology develops. We shall discuss both these rather extreme viewpoints and provide critical comments before going on to present an alternative point of view in which technological development is seen as the result of what is technically possible and socially desirable. We shall also briefly look at this issue from the perspective of sociotechnical systems as introduced in the previous chapter. First, though, we contemplate why this question occupies such a prominent position in the philosophy of technology. We shall see that it has to do with totally different – positive and negative – views of the role of technology for humans and society.]

Published: Jan 1, 2011

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