Instrumental Realism: The Interface Between Philosophy Of Science And Philosophy Of Technology

Paperback | May 22, 1991

byDon Ihde

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"Ihde is perhaps uniquely situated to provide authoritative accounts of such diverse philosophical traditions as those involved in current explorations of the technology of scientific instruments.... Ihde's book breaks new ground and... makes an important debate accessible." -Robert Ackermann

Instrumental Realism has three principal aims: to advocate a "praxis-perception" approach to the philosophy of science; to explore ways in which such an approach offers a mutually illuminating overlap with a philosophy of technology; and to examine comparatively and critically the work of some who advocate an "instrumental realist" approach to the philosophy of science.

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"Ihde is perhaps uniquely situated to provide authoritative accounts of such diverse philosophical traditions as those involved in current explorations of the technology of scientific instruments.... Ihde's book breaks new ground and... makes an important debate accessible." -Robert AckermannInstrumental Realism has three principal aim...

Don Ihde is one of the founders of a distinctly North American approach to phenomenology in work that centers around technology. After completing his B.A. degree at the University of Kansas (1956), he earned a Master of Divinity degree at Andover Newton Theological School (1959) and a Ph.D. at Boston University (1964). His doctoral dis...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.28 × 6.17 × 0.52 inPublished:May 22, 1991Publisher:Indiana University Press

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ISBN - 10:025320626X

ISBN - 13:9780253206268

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Philosophy of Science Read through Philosophy of Technology
I. Introduction: Philosophers and Technology
II. The New Philosophy of Science
III. Philosophy of Technology

Part Two: The Instrument as Interface
IV. The Embodiment of Science in Technology
A. The "Body-Philosophers"
B. The "Mind-Philosopher" Tradition
C. Instruments as Interface

V. Instrumental Realism
VI. The Experiment

Epilogue: Philosophy of Technology beyond Philosophy of Science

Notes
Index