End of Week 1

This week you have been introduced to the work of Jaspers and Heidegger. Of course, there is a lot more to learn about them and about other philosophers. Besides reading the original works, there are also other nice ways to familiarise yourself with the themes and topics of philosophy of technology. Below you will find some of our recommendations!

In the next week of this course on Philosophy of Technology and Design the approaches of Jaspers and Heidegger will be contrasted with some more contemporary views. You will learn to describe and analyse how technologies shape relations between humans and the world, by means of the concept and post-phenomenological framework of “mediation”. We hope you will proceed to the next steps to participate in the discussions and work on a case-study about social robots!

Recommendations

Downloads:

Karl Jaspers: wikipedia page

Martin Heidegger: wikipedia page

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, entry ‘Philosophy of Technology

Videos:

Human all too human, Martin Heidegger is part of a three-part 1999 documentary television series produced by the BBC, which covers discussions of his Nazi party affiliation and its implications for his thought.

Chaplin Modern Times Factory Scene portrays Jaspers’ worries on modern industrialisation.

Gattaca shows how technology changes society and introduces new obligations and responsibilities.

A first drive, google self-driving car project How would you like to take a ride in a self-driving car?

Crash Course Philosophy is a fun series on the educational YouTube channel started by Hank Green and John Green.

Publications:

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy provides open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work.

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Philosophy of Technology and Design: Shaping the Relations Between Humans and Technologies

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