Collection of Philosophical Essays
Paradigmatic Shifts in the Contemporary philosophy of technologies: Culture of technological reflections (Arun Kumar Tripathi)
13 Paradigmatic Shifts in the Contemporary phi- losophy of technologies: Culture of technologi- cal reflections Arun Kumar Tripathi I. Introduction to contemporary philosophy of technologies Today, it is even harder to imagine a life and a day without complex technologi- cal systems of energy, transportation, waste management, and production, each of which has at its core a theoretical deductive model as well as practical rules to identify, or to construct and exemplify real situations to which the theoretical models apply. Our real lifeworld is mostly a constructed environment, built around technologies and technological systems that provide the background, context, and medium for human living. Contemporary life is a „technologically mediated life.“ Since the humanities represent a source of fundamental human skills necessary to give meaning and direction to our technological age, and the study of humanities in technology will show the interconnection between tech- nology, engineering and the arts. Our work on the philosophy of technology - as an exercise in cultural hermeneutics and ethical hermeneutics - is a plea that the task of the philosophy is to work out suggestions concerning basic cultural and ethical conditions of technological and economic development. In principle, a philosophy of technology is concerned with fundamental questions concerning the proper understanding of a technology; how it affects human existence and reciprocally how human existence affects the technology (Irrgang 2008 & Kap- lan 2008). The development of a philosophy of technology is, in principle, based on the assumption that substantial philosophical questions can be posed against...
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