Philosophy of Technology: The Best Introductory Resources

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This page features a collection of the best resources on the philosophy of technology. Just to be clear, there is no single best resource on the philosophy of technology. The best one will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time you want to spend learning about it.

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If you want an academic overview of 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. Mitcham (1994) calls this type of philosophy of technology “humanities philosophy of technology” because it accepts “the primacy of the humanities over technologies” and is continuous with the overall perspective of the humanities (and some of the social sciences). Only recently a branch of the philosophy of technology has developed that is concerned with technology itself and that aims to understand both the practice of designing and creating artifacts (in a wide sense, including artificial processes and systems) and the nature of the things so created. This latter branch of the philosophy of technology seeks continuity with the philosophy of science and with several other fields in the analytic tradition in modern philosophy, such as the philosophy of action and decision-making, rather than with the humanities and social science. . . .”

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Unfortunately, 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.

For more introductory philosophy resources and reading lists check out this collection of Resources and Reading Lists.