Philosophy of technology

Course Dates: 07/10/17
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: John Goff

From iPhones to washing machines, from satellites to nuclear reactors, the contemporary world is unthinkable without technology. From Aristotle to Heidegger, how has philosophical thinking about technology attempted to unveil the nature of this world?


What is the course about?

The different ways in which philosophy has tried to understand the role that technology plays in shaping our world and how technology itself shapes our understanding and capacities for action.

What will we cover?

Different approaches to understanding technology such as the phenomenological, pragmatic, and constructivist. The ways in which the application of technology changes our understanding of ourselves and our action in the world, as for example, those of surveillance and telecommunications, and transportation.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Evaluate some of the different ways of approaching technology.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge is assumed. A willingness to critically examine concepts and some basic familiarity with discussion/debate, argument, and evaluation will be beneficial.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Core content will be presented via short lectures and will include question and answer, and group discussion. Slides will be available online as well as links to relevant content. There is no work required outside of class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No special equipment is required, other than for note-taking as preferred.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might be interested in John Goff's p[hilosophy courses in Term 2: HP090 From anxiety to terror: philosophy of horror, on Saturday 27 January, and HP100 - Chinese Philosophy, on Thursday afternoons from 11th January.

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Course Code: HP055

Sat, day, 07 Oct - 07 Oct '17

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00
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