Democracy in a Technological Society by L. WinnerDemocracy in a Technological Society by L. Winner

Democracy in a Technological Society

EditorL. Winner

Paperback | October 28, 2010

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What is the relationship between democracy and technology? And what should that relationship be? This book explores these questions, drawing upon a wide range of philosophical, historical and sociological points of view. In stark contrast to technology's promise as a wellspring of equality, freedom and self-government, its development now poses a host of problems for political society: an alarming concentration of power over global production, a widening gap between rich and poor, multiple environmental crises, trivialization of politics in the mass media, decline of citizen competence in decision making, and the disproportionate influence of scientific and technical elites. As the writers discuss these issues, they investigate new avenues for democratic politics, possibilities that emerge as modernist ideas about progress, justice and the common good lose their ability to guide contemporary thought and action. This book will be of interest to philosophers, political scientists, those doing research on technology and society, engineers studying human factors, environmental scientists, sociologists.
Title:Democracy in a Technological SocietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:246 pagesPublished:October 28, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9048142105

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Table of Contents

Preface; P.T. Durbin. Introduction; L. Winner. Part I: The Nature of the Problem. Technology, Power, and Truth: Political and Epistemological Reflections on the Fourth Revolution; M.W. Wartofsky. Technology and Democracy; J. Ellul. Mechanical Dreams: Democracy and Technological Discourse in Twentieth-Century France; R.L. Frost. Part II: Some Proposed Solutions. Marxism and the Democractic Control of Technology; P.T. Durbin. Populism and the Cult of the Expert; L.A. Hickman. Autonomous Technology, Democracy, and the NIMBYs; J. Fielder. Technology, Bayesian Policymaking, and Democratic Process; K. Shrader-Frechette. The Nuts and Bolts of Democracy: Democratic Theory and Technological Design; R.E. Sclove. Part III: Historical and Cultural Reflections. Instrumentalists and Expressivists: Ambiguous Links between Technology and Democracy; S.R. Carpenter. Politics, Progress, and Engineering: Technical Professionals in Russia; V. Gorokhov. Heidegger on Technology and Democracy; T. Rockmore. The Moral Assessment of Technology; A. Borgmann. Political Morality under Radical Conditions; J. Margolis. Name Index.