New PDF release: A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology

By Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, Stig Andur Pedersen, Visit Amazon's Vincent F. Hendricks Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Vincent F. Hendricks,

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Drawing on essays from top foreign and multi-disciplinary students, A better half to the Philosophy of know-how is the 1st accomplished and authoritative reference resource to hide the major problems with technology’s influence on society and our lives.Presents the 1st whole, authoritative reference paintings within the fieldOrganized thematically to be used either as a whole advent to the sphere or an encyclopedic referenceDraws on unique essays from prime interdisciplinary scholarsFeatures the main updated and leading edge learn within the interdisciplinary fields of philosophy, expertise, and their broader highbrow environments

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Karl Marx, in his Economic Notebooks of 1861–3, put it slightly differently: they were “the three great inventions which ushered in bourgeois society. Gunpowder blew up the knightly class, the compass discovered the world market and founded the colonies, and the printing press was the instrument of Protestantism and the regeneration of science” (Marx 1861). In his encylopedic research on science and technology in pre-modern China, Joseph Needham documented the Chinese origins of all these technologies but was then faced with the challenge of explaining why they failed to transform Chinese society as they had revolutionized the West.

Technology is regarded as a strategic instrument in achieving economic targets and in the creation of wealth and prosperity in the developing countries, while technology is taken as an important vehicle to get large profits in the developed countries. The effective use of technology is perhaps the most important issue faced by both developing and developed countries, and will undoubtedly become even more critical in years to come. The word “technology” usually conjures up many different images and generally refers to what has been described as the “high-tech,” or high-technology, industries.

B. (1997). The Traditional Chinese Iron Industry and Its Modern Fate (Richmond, Sussex: Curzon/Nordic Institute of Asian Studies). Waley-Cohen, J. (1999). The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History (New York: Norton). qxd 2/4/09 13:21 Page 32 5 Islamic Technology THOMAS F. GLICK By the time the Arabs had conquered a great band of territory from Spain to northern India (711–13), they had fallen heir to the scientific and technological lore of ancient China, India, Persia and Rome.

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