books — 27 voters. The Whale and the Reactor by Langdon Winner Conscientious Objections by Neil Postman The Second Self by Sherry Turkle The UNIX. “–David Dickson, New York Times Book Review “The Whale and the Reactor is the philosopher’s equivalent of superb public history. The book The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, Langdon Winner is published by University of Chicago Press.

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Apr 26, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: Th Winner does an excellent job of mounting some well-placed and subtle criticisms of technological devices and the way in which we evaluate and langdpn those technologies.

Manifesto of a Tenured Radical. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Ty rated it liked it Nov 24, Gives a pretty good overview of changing conceptions of technology Technology Ethics in Applied Ethics. Pedro rated it it was amazing Nov 22, Arguing for Our Lives.

To ask other readers questions about The Whale and the Reactorplease sign up. Mithradates K rated it liked it Mar 23, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is reflected in our general approach to technology which is more concerned with “how things work” and “making things work” than with the moral and political significance of technical systems in themselves.

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He doesn’t even mention new vaccines, poverty alleviation, or the liberation of women through domestic technology. In The Whale and the ReactorLangdon Winner argues that technologies have politics and should not be viewed as separate from us: Robert Sparrow – – AI and Society 31 4: We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.

In its pages an analytically trained mind confronts some of the most pressing political issues of our day. If we are to awaken from what he calls our “technological somnambulism,” a condition in which progress is driven by technology itself rather than by the vision and innovation of society at large, then we need a new approach — “a philosophy of technology” — that examines the consequences and wider implications of technology in our lives.

A couple of the essays “Do Artifacts Have Politics? Howard – – Agriculture and Human Values 25 3: Michael Davie rated it really liked it Jul 06, Another well-written, much needed work on our place in the increasingly technological world. The Marketplace of Ideas: The review must be at least 50 characters long. What you get, however, is a long-winded rant from a very narrow perspective of a white, privileged, older male american.


You submitted the following rating and review. Critical Social Issues in American Education. Jan 14, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: History of Western Philosophy. He also looks at the “optimistic technophilia” that characterizes much of the current interest in electronic democracy.

He believes that, unlike other forms of human creativity, technology has never been considered a subject worthy of philosophical inquiry. The physical arrangements of industrial production, warfare, communications, etc. Shannon rated it it was amazing Sep 30, All other technological development is only being pursued by greedy corporations. Oct 06, Dylan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Winner fears that our instruments have become institutions in the making — that in our time ” techne has at last become politeia.


Philosophy of Technology, Misc in Applied Ethics. Technology and Privacy in the Information Age. In its pages an analytically trained mind confronts some of the most pressing political issues of our day.

The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology by Langdon Winner

University of Chicago Press DJ rated it really liked it Sep 21, Mobile rated it really liked it Apr 15, He argues that the reasons people have whald limiting technology such as threats to health, resources, environmentwhile valid, “restrict the range of moral and political criteria that are permissible in public deliberations about technological change” Joseph rated it really liked it Jun 04, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It also shows qnd the hallmarks of an extended collection of essays. In a beautifully crafted essay called “Mythinformation,” he deconstructs many of the silly arguments put forth by Internet enthusiasts about the so-called digital revolution.