Rowman and Littlefield International

Power and Technology

A Philosophical and Ethical Analysis

By Faridun Sattarov

4 Reviews

This book aims to offer an empirically-informed philosophical framework for understanding the technological construction of power, allowing for a differentiated vocabulary for describing various senses of technological power, while bridging together social and political theory, critical studies of technology, philosophy and ethics of technology.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786611291 Release date: Aug 2019
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Paperback ISBN: 9781786611307 Release date: Aug 2019
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Pages: 208

Monograph

The notion of technological power is fast becoming an object of both academic and policy discourses. Within such discourses one can observe several different senses of power being employed, especially when viewed from a multi-disciplinary angle. This demonstrates the need for the creation of a cross-disciplinary and integrative framework for identifying and clarifying different conceptions of the relations between technology and power. In this respect, the book aims to offer an empirically-informed philosophical framework for understanding the technological construction of power, which allows for a differentiated vocabulary for describing various senses of technological power, while bridging together social and political theory, critical studies of technology, philosophy and ethics of technology. In addition, the framework presented in this book aims to contribute to better critical and ethical evaluation of technologies and their powers. Any adequate ethics or critique of technology must be based on a better, clearer, and more nuanced and differentiated understanding of the many ways in which technology can be described as ‘powerful’.

Introduction

Chapter 1: Four Views of Power

Chapter 2: Episodic Power and Technology

Chapter 3: Dispositional Power and Technology

Chapter 4: Systemic Power and Technology

Chapter 5: Constitutive Power and Technology

Chapter 6: Power in the Ethics of Algorithms

Chapter 7: Power and Ethics: Conceptual Connections

Chapter 8: Power and Ethics: Practical Implications

Conclusion

Dr. Faridun Sattarov received his PhD in philosophy of technology from the University of Twente. He has been a research fellow at the UNESCO Bioethics and Ethics of Science Section, University of Liverpool School of Law, Technological University of Eindhoven and University of Twente. He is an affiliate member of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics of Technology.

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4 Reviews

In this thoughtful and intelligent book, Sattarov develops a comprehensive framework for understanding the relationship between power and algorithms. The nuanced approach to power taken here allows for an understanding of many relationships between power and algorithms rather than a simple, essentialist view of algorithmic power. This approach offers an invaluable contribution to understanding power in our algorithm-infused world.

Leighton Evans, Undergraduate Programme Director, Media Studies, Swansea University

Sattorov’s empirically grounded inter-disciplinary work sheds much needed light on the dynamics of power and provides us with the tools that will enable us to better grapple with the illusions of democratization and empowerment that often surround discourses on new technologies, innovation and intelligent machines. The distinctions he provides and the narratives he weaves into his thesis will provide a solid foundation for much needed research on the hidden resistances of power and the dangers of uncritically embracing technological solutionism.

Joseph Savirimuthu, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool

With his conceptual analysis of the nexus between technology and power, Faridun Sattarov has contributed to addressing what is most certainly one of the most urgent topics of our time. A convincing argument for a pluralist approach to power and a must read for philosophers of technology.

Mark Coeckelbergh, Professor of the Philosophy of Media and Technology at the University of Vienna

"The most thorough treatment to date of the important issue of the relation between technology and power"

Andrew Feenberg, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology, Simon Fraser University

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