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books — 27 voters. The Whale and the Reactor by Langdon Winner Conscientious Objections by Neil Postman The Second Self by Sherry Turkle The UNIX. “–David Dickson, New York Times Book Review “The Whale and the Reactor is the philosopher’s equivalent of superb public history. The book The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, Langdon Winner is published by University of Chicago Press.

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Return to Book Page. This is reflected in our general approach to technology which is more concerned with “how things work” and “making things work” than with the moral and political significance of technical systems in themselves.

Copyright by Scott London. In its pages an analytically trained mind confronts some of the most pressing langodn issues of our day. Ultimately, though, I felt a bit disappointed that Winner did not offer a more substantive proposal concerning how to evaluate technological devices. Highly uneven, and perhaps even a winnner shrill at times though justifiably so. The polio vaccine was good it seems because it saved the lives of white American kids like the author.

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Technology and Privacy in the Information Age. He also looks at the “optimistic technophilia” that characterizes much of the current interest in electronic democracy. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Technology Ethics in Applied Ethics. Howard – – Agriculture and Human Values 25 3: Request removal from index. But I prefer to think of him as a public historian who raises the very questions many of us are reluctant to ask about new information technologies.


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The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, Winner

Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power. Martin – – Science and Engineering Ethics 8 4: The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice. This far-sighted and still-timely collection of ten essays explores some hte social, political, and philosophical ramifications of these technologies.

Find it on Scholar. If we are to awaken from what he calls our “technological somnambulism,” a condition in which progress is driven by technology itself rather than by the vision and innovation of society at large, then we need a new approach — “a philosophy of technology” — that examines the consequences and wider implications of technology in our lives. The Academic System in American Society.

University of Chicago Press He argues that the adaptation of some technologies has shown that “reasons of practical necessity. The rest of the anthology will wlnner more to the technophobic and “limits on growth” advocates: Ryan Luetzen rated it ad liked it Oct 20, Or, get it for Kobo Super Points!


In Search of an Integrative Vision for Technology: Moreover, by substituting “risk” for the more straightforward concept of “danger” current debates about issues such as environmental policy shift the burden of proof to those who resist technological innovation. The Work of the University.

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Examining technologies solely on the basis of risk and benefit ignores the larger moral and political dimensions, he argues. Not only have empirical studies shown that powerful groups tend to use new technologies to retain anx control, but the whole idea is grounded in a faulty understanding of democracy.

May 16, Bryan Kibbe rated it really liked it. Langdon Winner is currently my favorite living academic. Joseph rated it really liked it Jun 04, Ezechel rated it it was amazing Jan 01, The Forest and the Trees.

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