Eduardo Beira and Andrew Feenberg (eds) Technology, Modernity, and Democracy: Essays by Andrew Feenberg
By Darryl Cressman
One of the challenges confronting philosophers of technology is conceptualizing the relationship between humans and technology without drawing a neat distinction between the two. Many philosophers do this by positing a variation of the argument that technological artifacts consist of two
inseparable dimensions, a functional one and a hermeneutic one, both of which are necessary for a technology to ‘work’. Admittedly, recognizing this two-dimensional ontology is easy; taking the next step and theorizing this relationship is more difficult because it requires both a sensitivity for empirical research into the design and use of technologies and a conceptual vocabulary that accounts for the ways in which technologies are meaningful.
page: 408 – 411
Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation
Volume 36, Issue 4