From artifact to habitat: studies in the critical engagement by Gayle L. Ormiston

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By Gayle L. Ormiston

Bringing jointly philosophy, literary feedback and textual thought, social and political thought, and the philosophy of language and cognitive technological know-how, this assortment intends to set up an interpretive framework for exploring the ubiquity nd mediacy of expertise.

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The ubiquity and mediacy of technology challenges us in just this way: we need to remind ourselves of the principles and values on which we base the organization and orientation of the communityat least with regard to how we participate in itand technology's role in that organization and orientation, so as not to lose sight of them, or to take them for granted and obvious, not to allow them to get in the way of recognition (in the Latin, ob viam indicates how that which is exposed, open, or met with plainly stands in the way of or against itself).

Instead, to force a shift in thematic emphasis, to refocus the question of technology, is to offer one other way (or nine ways, if one takes the essays incorporated into this volume respectively) of rethinking technology, thinking through the concept of technology according to its mediacy, according to the alliance of artifice and artifact and habitat. To force a shift in the discourse is to pursue one other way of introducing different strategies for articulating conceptions of technology and for compre- Page 17 hending how these concepts mediate, and make possible, our comprehension of the world and the cosmos, others and ourselves.

Cutcliffe Steven L. Goldman This is the third volume in the series Research in Technology Studies published by Lehigh University Press. Each volume consists of a group of invited essays on a theme set by a guest editor. For this volume, Gayle L. Ormiston has invited writers of diverse interests to address the philosophy of technology, a subject only now beginning to receive serious attention in the United States. The richness of their response is suggested by an inventory of the thinkers whose ideas are examined in the contributed essays: the Xenophonic and the Platonic Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle; Bacon, Descartes, Galileo, and Vico; Rousseau, Wordsworth, Poe, and Stapledon; Ure, Weber, Mayo, and Jung; Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Ellul, and Derrida; Kuhn, Braverman, Katz, and Fodor; Winograd, Schrank, and Gibson.

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