Springer, Dordrecht


400 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-89517-8

French philosophy of technology

classical readings and contemporary approaches

Edited by

Sacha Loeve , Xavier Guchet , Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent

Offering an overall insight into the French tradition of philosophy of technology, this volume is meant to make French-speaking contributions more accessible to the international philosophical community. The first section, "Negotiating a Cultural Heritage," presents a number of leading 20th century philosophical figures (from Bergson and Canguilhem to Simondon, Dagognet or Ellul) and intellectual movements (from Personalism to French Cybernetics and political ecology) that help shape philosophy of technology in the Francophone area, and feed into contemporary debates (ecology of technology, politics of technology, game studies). Thesecond section, "Coining and Reconfiguring Technoscience," traces the genealogy of this controversial concept and discusses its meanings and relevance. A third section, "Revisiting Anthropological Categories," focuses on the relationships of technology with the natural and the human worlds from various perspectives that include anthropotechnology, Anthropocene, technological and vital norms and temporalities. The final section, "Innovating in Ethics, Design and Aesthetics," brings together contributions that draw on various French traditions to afford fresh insights on ethics of technology, philosophy of design, techno-aesthetics and digital studies. The contributions in this volume are vivid and rich in original approaches that can spur exchanges and debates with other philosophical traditions. 

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Loeve, S. , Guchet, X. , Bensaude-Vincent, B. (eds) (2018). French philosophy of technology: classical readings and contemporary approaches, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents

Is there a French philosophy of technology?

Loeve Sacha; Guchet Xavier; Bensaude-Vincent Bernadette


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Rise of the machines

Le Roux Ronan


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We have never been wild

Petit Victor; Guillaume Bertrand


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Hottois Gilbert


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Cybernetics is an antihumanism

Dupuy Jean-Pierre


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Lyotard on the (in)humanity of technoscience

Sebbah François-David


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Toward a philosophy of technosciences

Loeve Sacha; Bensaude-Vincent Bernadette


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Technology and nature

Larrère Catherine; Larrère Raphaël


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Lenay Charles


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The anthropocene

Stewart John Robert


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Of times and things

Bensaude-Vincent Bernadette


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Ethics of technology in france

Goffi Jean-Yves


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Wisdom in the technosphere

Puech Michel


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Design made in France

Beaubois Vincent; Petit Victor


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Ontophany theory

Vial Stéphane


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