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Bernhard Irrgang: Critics of Technological Lifeworld

Collection of Philosophical Essays


Arun Kumar Tripathi

We live in a technologically mediated lifeworld and culture. Technologies either magnify or amplify human experiences. They can change the ways we live. Technology has been woven into the social and cultural fabric of different cultures. German phenomenologist philosopher Bernhard Irrgang for than 2 decades engaging with the questions, what role does technology play in everyday human experience? How do technological artefacts affect people’s existence and their relations with the world? And how do instruments, devices and apparatuses produce and transform human knowledge? Along with Albert Borgmann, Larry Hickman, Don Ihde, Carl Mitcham, Hans Poser, Peter-Paul Verbeek, Walther Zimmerli, contemporary German philosopher of technology Bernhard Irrgang provides a useful vocabulary for understanding the ways we relate to technology and to the world through technologies in different cultures.


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Editor Arun Kumar Tripathi and Prof. Bernhard Irrgang want to express their sincere gratitude to Ms. Claire Shadwell, University of Gloucestershire for her help in reading and correcting the translations and making amendments wher- ever necessary. Editor is very grateful to Ms. Martina Polster of Peter Lang Ver- lag for her patience and timely assistance. Editor also wants to express his deep indebtedness to Mr. Michael Funk (BA), Research Assistant (Department of Philosophy of Technology, Institute for Phi- losophy, Dresden University of Technology, Germany) for his sincere help and assistance in formatting the texts. Another version of the Chapter 2 „Social and Ethical Aspects of Biotechno- logical Practice” is published in the ACM Ubiquity. Part of the Chapter 3 „Technological Development and Social Progress” is published in the Seminar- ios de Filosofia, pp. 1-52, Vol.12-13, 1999-2000. Another version of the Chapter 5 „Ethical Action in Robotics“ is published in the Conference Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Inquiry „Ethics of New Information Technology” (CEPE2005, July 17-19, 2005, Enschede, TheNetherlands) eds. Philip Brey, Frances Grodzinsky and Lucas Introna, CEPTES, Enschede, pp. 241-250. (pp. 241-250). Another version of the Chapter 6 „Epistemology of Biotechnology” is ap- peared in German language as „Epistemologie der Bio –und Gentechnologie” (pp. 285-297) in Klaus Kornwachs (Hg.) Technik – System – Verantwortung, LIT Verlag, 2004 (Technikphilosophie Bd. 10). Another version of Chapter 9 „Visions of Technology” is published in the Ubiquity: Volume 8, Issue 10 (March 13, 2007 - March 19, 2007).

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