Technology and Values

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Kristin Sharon Shrader-Frechette, Laura Westra
Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 - Philosophy - 472 pages
Technology and Values provides a highly useful collection of essays organized around issues related to science, technology, public health, economics, the environment, and ethical theory. The editors present effective introductions that provide background information as well as philosophical tools and case studies to facilitate understanding of the variety of issues emanating from the most significant developments in technology, including the effects on privacy of the widespread use of computers to store and retrieve personal information and the ethical considerations of genetic engineering.
 

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Contents

Ethical Studies about Technology
3
12 What Is Moral Philosophy?
11
13 Technology and Ethical Issues
25
14 Further Reading
33
Alternative Views of Technology
35
21 Introduction and Overview
37
22 Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology
41
23 Technologies as Forms of Life
55
Technology Demography and the Anachronism of Traditional Rights
167
34 Economic Evaluations of Technology
187
35 Sociological versus Metascientific Views of Technological Risk Assessment
217
36 Further Reading
251
Case Studies about Technology
255
41 Introduction and Overview
257
42 Engineering Design Research and Social Responsibility
261
The Pinto Case
279

24 The Role of Technology in Society
71
The Opiate of the Intellectuals
87
26 The Social Construction of Safety
107
A Call for Constructive Technology Assessment
115
28 Further Reading
129
How to Evaluate Technology
131
31 Introduction and Overview
133
Autonomous Technology
139
44 Computers and Privacy
295
Star Wars
327
46 Nuclear Technology and Radioactive Waste
355
47 Assessment of Environmental and Economic Impacts of Pesticide Use
375
48 Ethical Issues in Human Genome Research
415
49 A Transgenic Dinner? Social and Ethical Issues in Biotechnology and Agriculture
433
410 Further Reading
453
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette is distinguished research professor in philosophy and in environmental sciences and policy at the University of South Florida. She holds degrees in mathematics, physics, and philosophy. She is the author of numerous books, including Ethics of Scientific Research (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994). Laura Westra is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of Windsor and the author or editor of numerous books, including An Environmental Proposal for Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994), Faces of Environmental Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), Perspectives on Ecological Integrity (Kluwer), The Greeks and the Environment (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997) and Technology and Values (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998). Bill Lawson is professor of philosophy at Michigan State University.

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