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The Empirical Turn in the Philosophy of Technology Vol: 20

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09 Mar 2001
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
296 pages - 150 x 225 x 27mm
Research in Philosophy and Technology


The philosophy of technology has been dominated by metaphysical analyses of the "essence" of technology and by moral/critical reflections on the consequences of technology for individual and social forms of life. To develop a more internally oriented philosophy of technology, the authors in this volume believe that an empirical turn is necessary, similar to the turn witnessed in the philosophy of science. In this volume, authors explore the various ways in which empirical data can be used in ontological, epistemological, ethical or more general discussions in the philosophy of technology. All the chapters in the volume therefore contribute to an empirical turn in the philosophy of technology.
General Considerations on the Empirical Turn: There's no turn like the empirical turn, (A. Rip); Engineering design and the empirical turn in the philosophy of technology, (P. Kroes); To what extent should a critical philosophy of technology be constructivist?, (B. Bos). Ontology and the Empirical Turn: Object and social artifact in engineering design, (L.L. Bucciarelli); The relational ontology of technical artifacts, (A.W.M. Meijers); Epistemology and the Empirical Turn: The thing-y-ness of things - materiality and spectrochemical instrumentation, 1937-1955, (D. Baird); Languages for engineering design - empirical constructs for representing objects and articulating processes, (C.L Dym, P. Brey); Design mistakes - the case of the Hubble space telescope, (J.C. Pitt.). Ethics and the Empirical Turn: The ethics of engineers - from role responsibility to public co-responsibility (C. Mitcham, R. von Schomberg). A Dialogue on Engineering Design and Law: Codes of conduct, the law, and technological design and development, (H. Zandvoort); Toward a juridical turn for the ethics of technology? An aerospace case, (A. Vlot); Self determination, strict liability, and ethical problems in engineering, (H. Zandvoort); Toward a juridical turn for the ethics of technology? Final remarks, (A. Vlot).

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