Rowman and Littlefield International

Social Epistemology and Technology

Toward Public Self-Awareness Regarding Technological Mediation

Edited by Frank Scalambrino

Part of the series Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society

Publication Date: Dec 2015

Pages 244

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How has technology changed what it means to be human and to be a member of a human society? How has technology changed the way we acquire knowledge of the world we inhabit? In light of these changes and the direction we are moving, how should the pursuit of knowledge be organized? Social Epistemology and Technology provides insights into such questions relating to public self-awareness regarding technology.

The concerns addressed in this book apply to a large and diverse audience including, but not limited to, those interested in social epistemology, technology, cultural studies, trans-humanism, augmented subjectivity, futurology, human sciences, social sciences, political sciences, communication, psychology, science and technology studies, and philosophy. This is the first book of its kind to focus solely on technology and its socially specific epistemological themes. It offers insight into public self-awareness regarding technology by providing an understanding of persons in relation to the technological changes that have occurred, and continue to occur, across the societies they people.
Introduction: Publicizing the Social Effects of Technological Mediation, Frank Scalambrino / Part I: Normative Dimensions of Technological Mediation and Public Self-Awareness / 1. The Place of Value in a World of Information: Prolegomena to Any Marx 2.0, Steve Fuller / 2. Technological Systems and Genuine Public Interests, Hans Radder / 3. The End of Trust in the Age of Big Data?, Daniel J. Brunson / 4. Filter Bubbles and the Public Use of Reason: Applying Epistemology to the Newsfeed, Jamie Carlin Watson / 5. Technology, Extended Mind, and Hegel’s Historical Man, Patrick J. Reider / 6. Existential Privacy and the Technological Situation of Boundary Regulation, Elize de Mul / 7. Critical Media: Media Archeology as Critical Theory, Stephen M. Bourque / 8. Speculative Ethics and Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technology: A Case for “Un-disciplined” Philosophy of Technology, William Davis / 9. What Control? Life at the Limits of Power Expression, Frank Scalambrino / Part II: Exploring Changing Conceptions of Humans and Humanity / 10. Heidegger on the Question Concerning Technology & Gelassenheit, Charles Bambach / 11. How Learning to Read and Write Shapes Humanity: A Technosomatic Perspective on Digitization, Joris Vlieghe / 12. Labor and Technology: Kant, Marx, and the Critique of Instrumental Reason, Arthur Kok / 13. The Biopolitics of the Female: Constituting Gendered Subjects through Technology, Danielle Guizzo / 14. Phenomenology of Radiology: Intentional Analysis in the Constitution of Diagnostic Judgment, Mindaugas Briedis / 15. Absent to Those Present: The Conflict between Connectivity and Communion, Chad Engelland / 16. Recognizing the Face and Facial Recognition, Levi Checketts / 17. Situated Mediation and Technological Reflexivity: Smartphones, Extended Memory, and Limits of Cognitive Enhancement, Christopher Drain and Richard Charles Strong / 18. The Vanishing Subject: Becoming Who you Cybernetically Are, Frank Scalambrino / About the Contributors / Index

Social Epistemology and Technology offers a crucial reflection on what makes us human and how contemporary societies are organizing that knowledge in new and powerful ways. This provocative collection allows readers to consider more deeply the ways we think, share, and work today. While some conclusions are chilling, their implications cannot be ignored.
Chris J. Richardson, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Young Harris College
An important contribution to the field of applied epistemology.
David Coady, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Tasmania
Frank Scalambrino is Senior Lecturer at the University of Akron, Ohio’s Polytechnic University.

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