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Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life By Albert Borgmann

Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life by Albert Borgmann

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A contemporary analyses of the problem of technology.

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Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: A Philosophical Inquiry by Albert Borgmann

Blending social analysis and philosophy, Albert Borgmann maintains that technology creates a controlling pattern in our lives. This pattern, discernible even in such an inconspicuous action as switching on a stereo, has global effects: it sharply divides life into labor and leisure, it sustains the industrial democracies, and it fosters the view that the earth itself is a technological device. He argues that technology has served us as well in conquering hunger and disease, but that when we turn to it for richer experiences, it leads instead to a life dominated by effortless and thoughtless consumption. Borgmann does not reject technology but calls for public conversation about the nature of the good life. He counsels us to make room in a technological age for matters of ultimate concern?things and practices that engage us in their own right.

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NGR9780226066295
Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: A Philosophical Inquiry by Albert Borgmann
New
Paperback
The University of Chicago Press
1987-03-15
310
0226066290
9780226066295
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