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Exceptional Technologies: A Continental Philosophy of Technology

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2019.04.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dominic Smith, Exceptional Technologies: A Continental Philosophy of Technology, Bloomsbury, 2018, 169pp., $88.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781350015609. Reviewed by Robert C. Scharff, University of New Hampshire Dominic Smith's book starts with a critical review of recent work in technoscience studies, especially work associated with the so-called empirical turn in Continental philosophy of technology [CPT]. In the 1990s when this movement was young, its opposition to the abstract and essentialist elements of classical CPT, together with its call for careful study of actual technologies instead, felt just right. Classical CPT was depicted as a first wave phenomenon -- a pioneering legacy that undoubtedly pushed inquiry in the proper direction by stressing the key role of artifacts in current technoscientific life but was also deeply burdened by a general tendency toward either happy progressivist scientism or nostalgia, romanticism, and overblown worries about technology as an autonomous force. As... Read More

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