Rowman and Littlefield International

Philosophy, Technology and Society

Series edited by Sven Ove Hansson

Technological change has deep and often unexpected impacts on our societies. Sometimes new technologies liberate us and improve our quality of life, sometimes they bring severe social and environmental problems, sometimes they do both. This book series reflects philosophically on what new and emerging technologies do to our lives and how we can use them more wisely. It provides new insights on how technology continuously changes the basic conditions of human existence: relationships among ourselves, our relations to nature, the knowledge we can obtain, our thought patterns, our ethical difficulties, and our views of the world.

The series is inclusive, both in terms of philosophical approaches and interdisciplinary contributions. Philosophy is indispensable in discussions on the social aspects of technology, but to serve this purpose it needs aid from other sources of knowledge – from the technological, natural and social sciences and also from more practice-oriented forms of knowledge. Most of the books in the series focus on ongoing and emerging technological developments, but sometimes historical examples are also covered to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of combined social and technological change.

The series welcomes proposals for monographs and well-curated edited collections that pioneer new directions of inquiry.

Editorial Review Board

Philip Brey, Universiteit Twente, the Netherlands

Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Deborah Johnson, University of Virginia, USA

Thomasine Kushner, California Pacific Medical Center, USA

Andrew Light, George Mason University, USA

Diane Michelfelder, Macalester College, USA

Ibo van de Poel, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Sabine Roeser, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Marc Saner, University of Ottawa, Canada

Judith Simon, University of Vienna, Austria and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Shannon Vallor, Santa Clara University, USA