What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design

Peter-Paul Verbeek

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What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design

What Things Do Philosophical Reflections on Technology Agency and Design Our modern society is flooded with all sorts of devices TV sets automobiles microwaves mobile phones How are all these things affecting us How can their role in our lives be understood What Things

  • Title: What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design
  • Author: Peter-Paul Verbeek
  • ISBN: 9780271025407
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our modern society is flooded with all sorts of devices TV sets, automobiles, microwaves, mobile phones How are all these things affecting us How can their role in our lives be understood What Things Do answers these questions by focusing on how technologies mediate our actions and our perceptions of the world.Peter Paul Verbeek develops this innovative approach by firOur modern society is flooded with all sorts of devices TV sets, automobiles, microwaves, mobile phones How are all these things affecting us How can their role in our lives be understood What Things Do answers these questions by focusing on how technologies mediate our actions and our perceptions of the world.Peter Paul Verbeek develops this innovative approach by first distinguishing it from the classical philosophy of technology formulated by Jaspers and Heidegger, who were concerned that technology would alienate us from ourselves and the world around us Against this gloomy and overly abstract view, Verbeek draws on and extends the work of recent philosophers of technology like Don Ihde, Bruno Latour, and Albert Borgmann to present a much empirically rich and nuanced picture of how material artifacts shape our existence and experiences In the final part of the book Verbeek shows how his postphenomenological approach applies to the technological practice of industrial designers.Its systematic and historical review of the philosophy of technology makes What Things Do suitable for use as an introductory text, while its innovative approach will make it appealing to readers in many fields, including philosophy, sociology, engineering, and industrial design.

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    One thought on “What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design

    1. Bryan Kibbe on said:

      This is an excellent addition to the growing body of work in the philosophy of technology. If you have read work by Don Ihde, Albert Borgmann, Bruno Latour, and/or Martin Heidegger then you are sure to appreciate Verbeek's synthesis of these authors into what he calls a "postphenomenolgy" of material technologies. Verbeek's writing is exceptionally clear, and he handles the summary and assimilation of these diverse thinkers well. Without constantly introducing new material, Verbeek frequently re [...]

    2. John Carter McKnight on said:

      Excellent literature review, critique and theory in the philosophy of technology. Verbeek falls into a good spot for me in his critique of actor-network theory (things and humans are *not* the same sorts of actants), anti-technology romanticism (against it), the social impact of consumer technology (let's be specific, and analyze pros and cons adequately).Verbeek borrows from early Heidegger (and his analysis of Heidegger's changing thinking about artifacts, along with his critique of ANT, is on [...]

    3. Ben Kraal on said:

      Excruciatingly detailed examination of the philosophical roots of more current moves in the phenomenology of having and using *stuff*. The last chapter is a bit of a let down after the intellectual workout of the earlier chapters.

    4. Guido De on said:

      Excellent literature review, critique and theory in the philosophy of technology.

    5. Gaurang Desai on said:

      Fantastic introduction to philosophy and technology design. A difficult read but a must read for Industrial Designers

    6. Samantha on said:

      Definitely a great read for all Industrial Designers. I'm currently rereading this, after finding my very own hard copy.

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