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Traditional Culture And Global Commodification, Albert Borgmann Oct 2008

Traditional Culture And Global Commodification, Albert Borgmann

Philosophy Faculty Publications

We can think of technology and Christianity as competing forms of life. Technology promises a life of ever greater liberty and prosperity where liberty is the liberation from the limits and burdens of the human condition and prosperity is the variety and refinement of pleasures. Christianity bears the good news of salvation, the assurance that the coming of Christ has enabled us to live a life of grace and love that is affirmed by eternal life in the presence of God.


Cyberspace, Cosmology, And The Meaning Of Life, Albert Borgmann Feb 2007

Cyberspace, Cosmology, And The Meaning Of Life, Albert Borgmann

Philosophy Faculty Publications

When on the Tuesdays before Thanksgiving only about half of my students in the large introductory ethics class show up, I reward the faithful with the promise to reveal the meaning of life. The announcement is always met with a ripple of laughter-a mixture of incredulity, curiosity, and good humor. The meaning of life, I say, cannot be borrowed, bought, or manufactured. It has to be discovered. And how do you discover it? Why, you use the meaning-of-life-locator. And what is that?


Review Of Peter-Paul Verbeek's What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections On Technology, Agency, And Design, Albert Borgmann Aug 2005

Review Of Peter-Paul Verbeek's What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections On Technology, Agency, And Design, Albert Borgmann

Philosophy Faculty Publications

The three parts of What Things Do reflect the three phases of philosophy of technology.


La Tecnología Y La Búsqueda De La Felicidad, Albert Borgmann Jun 2005

La Tecnología Y La Búsqueda De La Felicidad, Albert Borgmann

Philosophy Faculty Publications

The connection between technology and happiness is a challenge to philosophy. It can be met if we understand technology as the process of commodification that is guided by a characteristic pattern-the device paradigm, and if we distinguish between happiness as the consumption of pleasures and moral excellence as the devotion to focal things and practices. These clarifications and distinctions allow us relocate and redeem pleasure and to envision a life wherein pleasure and virtue are joined to yield genuine happiness.


Technology And Trust, Albert Borgmann Oct 2004

Technology And Trust, Albert Borgmann

Philosophy Faculty Publications

We think of trust as the animating spirit of a prosperous society. Trust makes promises workable, credit extendable and contracts reasonable. If you try to make trust dispensable through a system of fail-safe controls, you end up with a stultifyingly cumbersome apparatus, and the cost of handling things would exceed the price of producing them. If there is no trust at all in the person who is buying a 50p ballpoint pen, you have to frisk the person to make sure he or she is not planning a hold-up, ascertain their identity by checking their fingerprint or retina, get at ...


Kinds Of Pragmatism, Albert Borgmann Oct 2003

Kinds Of Pragmatism, Albert Borgmann

Philosophy Faculty Publications

It is hard to appreciate now what a liberating and invigorating force John Dewey's philosophy must have been. He did away with imperious dichotomies and absolutes, reconnected philosophy with the sciences, confronted technological revolutions, attended to the perils


Response To My Readers, Albert Borgmann Oct 2002

Response To My Readers, Albert Borgmann

Philosophy Faculty Publications

I hope no one is disappointed when I say right at the start that I basically agree with my critics. Not all is irenic, of course, and in philosophy it should not be. What distinguishes the philosophical from the poetic or the narrative discourse is the expectation of questions and objections. Much as I appreciate Myron Tuman's generous remarks on the occasionally poetic quality of Holding On to Reality (henceforth Holding), I have always enjoyed the give and take of philosophical exchanges though I have tried, over the years, to be gentler in giving and stronger in taking. There ...


Review Of Heidegger's Confrontation With Modernity: Technology, Politics, And Art By Michael E. Zimmerman, Albert Borgmann Mar 1992

Review Of Heidegger's Confrontation With Modernity: Technology, Politics, And Art By Michael E. Zimmerman, Albert Borgmann

Philosophy Faculty Publications

Michael Zimmerman has composed this book in two voices. One is the clear and generous voice that we have heard for two decades and that has made Zimmerman the foremost expositor of Heidegger in the English language....The second voice is bitterly critical of Heidegger and responds to the recent discussion of Heidegger's entanglements in reactionary and fascist politics.


Paradigms And Paraphernalia: On The Relationship Of Theory And Technology In Science, Daniel R. Denicola Jan 1991

Paradigms And Paraphernalia: On The Relationship Of Theory And Technology In Science, Daniel R. Denicola

Philosophy Faculty Publications

What is the connection between theory and technology in science? What is the relationship between the various activities of "doing" science and the instruments that enable these activities? My interest here is to explore these questions in a very broad and elementary way, occasionally citing examples plucked from the history of science. [excerpt]


The Illusion Of Technique: A Search For Meaning In Technological Civilization, Albert Borgmann Jan 1980

The Illusion Of Technique: A Search For Meaning In Technological Civilization, Albert Borgmann

Philosophy Faculty Publications

The title of the book which seems to promise an essay in the philosophy of technology may be misleading since the avowed purpose of the book is to present "a study of contemporary philosophy" which is at the same time "an attempt at a connected argument for freedom".