TEKPOLSCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY STUDIES


PHIL 515

Philosophy of Technology
 

Philosophical background of technology. Difference between "technics" and technology. The concept of "techn�" and its cognates in Western tradition. Aristotelian distinctions between "poiesis," "praksis" and"theoria." Importance of the concepts of "ethos," "oikos," "polis," and their effects on our public and private life. Historical, epistemological and metaphysical problems regarding technology.  Aesthetical andethical dimensions of Lebenswelt and their relations to technology. Relevance of scientific knowledge and impact of industrial and post-industrial division of labor in technological change.