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Steps toward a Philosophy of Engineering: Historico-Philosophical and Critical Essays (Hardback)
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Steps toward a Philosophy of Engineering: Historico-Philosophical and Critical Essays (Hardback)

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Hardback 466 Pages / Published: 16/01/2020
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The rise of classic Euro-American philosophy of technology in the 1950s originally emphasized the importance of technologies as material entities and their mediating influence within human experience. Recent decades, however, have witnessed a subtle shift toward reflection on the activity from which these distinctly modern artifacts emerge and through which they are engaged and managed, that is, on engineering. What is engineering? What is the meaning of engineering? How is engineering related to other aspects of human existence? Such basic questions readily engage all major branches of philosophy --- ontology, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics --- although not always to the same degree. The historico-philosophical and critical reflections collected here record a series of halting steps to think through engineering and the engineered way of life that we all increasingly live in what has been called the Anthropocene. The aim is not to promote an ideology for engineering but to stimulate deeper reflection among engineers and non-engineers alike about some basic challenges of our engineered and engineering lifeworld.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
ISBN: 9781786611260
Number of pages: 466
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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In my view, modernity has created a technocracy, a world where large-scale engineering projects as well as engineers of all types (civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical, computer ... even social) play leading roles. As Mitcham argues, philosophy must not ignore this reality.--Yongmou Liu, Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology, School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China
Mitcham convincingly shows why the engineering design stance is a better perspective to understand the intricacies of knowledge production and its problems than the approach based on science, technology or innovation. It also enables us to truly understand the world we live in. This book sets out the first steps for setting an agenda for an invigorating philosophical work.--Andoni Ibarra, University of the Basque Country, Editor of Theoria:
Carl Mitcham is one of the most authoritative voices in the philosophy of technology in Spain. His lifelong work has contributed to the understanding of how Western culture has changed through technology, having written important classics in this field. This new volume provides a new perspective on engineering as that form of human agency from which modern technology emerges.--Andoni Alonso, Professor of Philosophy, Complutense University of Madrid
Across the past three decades, few scholars have thought as carefully or cogently as Carl Mitcham about the technoscientific world taking shape around us. In Steps toward the Philosophy of Engineering, we are treated to many of his best thoughts all in one place. This is destined to be a landmark text.--Adam Briggle, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Texas

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