The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology download epub
by Langdon Winner
Langdon Winner (born August 7, 1944) is Thomas Phelan Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences in the .
Langdon Winner (born August 7, 1944) is Thomas Phelan Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Langdon Winner was born in San Luis Obispo, California on August 7, 1944. in 1973, all in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Social Constructivism: Opening the Black Box and Finding It Empty," Science as Culture, Vol. 3, part 3, no. 16, pp. 427–452.
In this book, Langdon Winner presents a philosophical description of the position of those who oppose the paramount place technology has taken in society. Central to Winner�s argument is his observation that technology is inherently political. He presets two ways in which this is so. The first, which is rather unconvincing, is that a piece of technology can be used as a means of political coercion. He cites the fact that Robert Moses designed the overpasses on the parkways around New York City to be so low as to prevent buses from using them. This ensured that low-income people could not live.
University of Chicago Press, 2010 M07 15 - 214 pages. Langdon Winner is professor of political science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the author of Autonomous Technology. The questions he poses about the relationship between technical change and political power are pressing ones that can no longer be ignored, and identifying them is perhaps the most a nascent 'philosophy of technology' can expect to achieve at the present time. The Whale and the Reactor is the philosopher's equivalent of superb public history. Bibliographic information.
Winner does frame the thesis of the book as such and every chapter begins with a tease that the topic might actually be explored in some academic fashion. What you get, however, is a long-winded rant from a very narrow perspective of a white, privileged, older male american. His main argument is that everyone just knows that life was better I was looking for a book that would take a deep dive into ideas of "appropriate technology" and how we should define the goals of technological innovation.
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Preface Acknowledgments I. A Philosophy of Technology 1. Technologies as Forms of Life 2. Do Artifacts Have Politics? 3. Techne and Politeia II. Technology: Reform and Revolution 4. Building the Better Mousetrap 5. Decentralization Clarified 6. Mythinformation III. Excess and Limit 7. The State of Nature Revisited 8. On Not Hitting the Tar-Baby 9. Brandy, Cigars and Human Values 10.
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