This page features a collection of the best resources on the philosophy of technology. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want an academic overview of philosophy of technology:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Philosophy of Technology. However, you should keep in mind that the SEP is often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 15,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces philosophy of technology:
“If philosophy is the attempt “to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense of the term”, as Sellars (1962) put it, philosophy should not ignore technology. It is largely by technology that contemporary society hangs together. It is hugely important not only as an economic force but also as a cultural force. Indeed during the last two centuries, when it gradually emerged as a discipline, philosophy of technology has mostly been concerned with the meaning of technology for, and its impact on, society and culture, rather than with technology itself….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Huw Price and Steve Fuller discuss Significant Other Beings on The Philosopher’s Zone podcast [25 mins]
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on philosophy of technology.
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