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PHIL3855 Module Reading List

Philosophical Issues in Technology, 2021/22, Semester 2
Prof. Graeme Gooday
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

 PHIL3855 Philosophical Issues in Technology

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 See Minerva Learning Resources for specific details for each lecture and tutorials

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Essential Readings for Weekly Tutorials (starting Week 2) 

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Seminar 1 - Week 2

 Carl Mitcham, ‘Three Ways of Being-With Technology’ in Carl Mitcham, Thinking Through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy (1994), pp.275-299.    (also available in Scharff & Dusek, Philosophy of Technology Anthology, see below) DOWNLOAD HERE: Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Seminar 2 - Week 3

David E Cooper ,‘Technology: Liberation or Enslavement? ’, Chapter 1 (pp.19-28) of Roger Fellows (ed), Philosophy and Technology (1995). available online in library at link above

Seminar 3 - Week 5

 Bruce Bimber, 'Karl Marx and the Three Faces of Technological Determinism, Social studies of science, 20(1990), p.333-351. 

Seminar 4 - Week 6

Change: please see Minerva Learning Resources for PHIL3855 for four short readings from Lewis Mumford, Langdon Winner, Andrew Feenberg and  Azaan Rahemtulla.

Seminar 5 - Week 7

 Martin Heidegger: ‘The Question Concerning Technology,’ first pub. 1954, reprinted in David Ferrell Krell (ed.), Basic Writings (London, 1996), pp. 287-305 (part only)  See Tutorial 5 folder in Minerva  

 Seminar 6 - Week 8

Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, 2nd ed. (Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, 1998), Prologue pp.1-6 available in Minerva Tutorial 6 readings. The full text of The Human Condition is available online in the library here  

Seminar 7  Week 9

 Donna Haraway, 'Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, And Socialist-Feminism In The Late Twentieth Century (1984) in Donna Harway Manifestly Haraway (2016) 

Seminar 8  Week 10

David J Gunkel,, ‘The Other Question: can and should robots have rights?’ Ethics and information technology, Vol.20.2 (2018), 87-99. Also available online here.

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Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, 2nd ed. (Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, 1998),  

Mark Coeckelbergh,. Introduction to Philosophy of Technology. (Oxford University Press, 2019    

A Cureton, D Wasserman, The Oxford Handbook of philosophy and disability2020  (LIBRARY: ONLINE VERSION PLEASE!) Publication information: ISBN: 9780190622879 Published online: May 2018 DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190622879.001.0001

Frederick Ferré, Philosophy of Technology (1995)   

Luciano Floridi ‘On the Morality of Artificial Agents,’ Minds and Machines Vol.14.3 (2004), 349-379 and also online here.

Helen Hester, Xenofeminism 2018 (Polity)  (LIBRARY: ONLINE VERSION PLEASE!) 9781509520626 

David M. Kaplan, editor, Philosophy, technology, and the environment (2017) 

Kevin Macnish,  The ethics of surveillance : an introduction (2018)

S. Matthew Liao (editor), Ethics of artificial intelligence (2020)

Janina Loh & Mark Coeckelbergh (Eds.)Feminist Philosophy of Technology (2016)

Carl Mitcham, Thinking Through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy (1994),    

Rebecca Pohl, An Analysis of Donna Haraway's A Cyborg Manifesto. Taylor & Francis, 2019. (LIBRARY: ONLINE VERSION PLEASE)   

Robert C. Scharff and Val Dusek (eds), Philosophy of technology : the technological condition : an anthology  (2md edition 2014)     

Joseph C. Pitt & Ashley Shew, editors Spaces for the Future: A Companion to Philosophy of Technology (2017)

Naomi Zack, Philosophy of race : an introduction (London, 2018)

Lin, Patrick; Abney, Keith et al. Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics (Cambridge MIT Press, 2012)  Available online via library here

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Other useful books

Hans Achterhuis, American philosophy of technology : the empirical turn  (2001)

Ellul, J. (G. W. Bromiley, Trans.) The technological bluff ). (1990)

Andrew Feenberg,  Questioning technology. London: Routledge (1999) 

Andrew Feenberg, Between Reason and Experience: essays in technology and modernity (2010)

Donna Haraway, Modest_ Witness@Second Millennium.FemaleMan© Meets_ Oncomouse™ (1997)  and available in ibrary here

Don Ihde, Heidegger's Technologies: Postphenomenological Perspectives ( 2010)

Stephen Lilley, Transhumanism and society the social debate over human enhancement (2012) 

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society (2nd edition, 2013)

Langdon Winner, The whale and the reactor : a search for limits in an age of high technology 1989 

Andrew Feenberg, Between reason and experience : essays in technology and modernity 2010 

Amy Wendling, Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation (2009) 

Other useful chapters and articles

Oliver Belcher, and Jeremy J Schmidt, ‘Being earthbound: Arendt, process and alienation in the Anthropocene’,  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 2021, Vol. 39(1) 103–120.

Jacques Ellul, The Technological Bluff (1990) Chapter 1 ‘Ambivalence'. pp.35-76 

Donna Haraway, ‘Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin’,  Environmental humanities, 2015, .6.1, pp.159-165.

Magdalena Hoły-Łuczaj & Vincent Blok, , ‘How to deal with hybrids in the anthropocene? Towards a philosophy of technology and environmental philosophy 2.0’ Environmental values, 2019, Vol.28 (3), p.325-346. 

Hans Jonas,, ‘Technology and Responsibility: Reflections on the New Tasks of EthicsSocial Research, 1973, Vol.40 (1), p.31-54  also available here

Donald MacKenzie, (1984) 'Marx and the machine',Technology and Culture 25, pp. 473-502   also available here

Nikhil Menon, ‘Gandhi’s Spinning Wheel: The Charkha and Its Regenerative EffectsJournal of the history of ideas, 2020, Vol.81 (4), p.643-662

Lewis Mumford, ‘Authoritarian and Democratic Technics’, Technology and Culture Vol. 5, No. 1 (Winter, 1964), pp. 1-8. Also online here

Langdon Winner, ’Upon Opening the Black Box and Finding It Empty: Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Technology’, Science, Technology, & Human Values , Vol. 18.3 (1993) 362-378.

This list was last updated on 08/03/2022