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Larry Hickman, Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001. Pp. xi + 215. ISBN 0-253-33869-7

Larry Hickman, Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture . Bloomington: Indiana University... as any pragmatist ought to admit, have a role to play in our debates over the justifiability of religious ways of living and thinking. Even so, disagreements over these goods will undoubtedly persist as long as there are reflective religious believers and non-believers (237). Sami Pihlström University of Helsinki, Finland Larry Hickman's Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture is a timely discussion of the relation between technology and philosophy. Because Hickman takes a pragmatic approach he discusses both "technology" and "philosophy" in terms of their ability to solve specific, concrete problems. As a result, this book is a fine illustration of the close connection and importance of philosophy to technology. Hickman's main themes are these: 1) that technology is primarily a form of inquiry, not a set of objects or techniques; 2) that technology, despite its hazards, should neither be demonized, nor bemoaned, nor feared; 3) that philosophy, especially a pragmatic philosophy, provides important tools for the successful application and critique of technology. In the first chapter "Tuning Up Technology" Hickman points to the fact that, etymologically, "technology" refers to the study of particular "techniques, tools, and artifacts" (11) and only derivatively to these things themselves. Of course, there http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Larry Hickman, Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001. Pp. xi + 215. ISBN 0-253-33869-7

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 1 (1): 184 – Apr 21, 2004

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as any pragmatist ought to admit, have a role to play in our debates over the justifiability of religious ways of living and thinking. Even so, disagreements over these goods will undoubtedly persist as long as there are reflective religious believers and non-believers (237). Sami Pihlström University of Helsinki, Finland Larry Hickman's Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture is a timely discussion of the relation between technology and philosophy. Because Hickman takes a pragmatic approach he discusses both "technology" and "philosophy" in terms of their ability to solve specific, concrete problems. As a result, this book is a fine illustration of the close connection and importance of philosophy to technology. Hickman's main themes are these: 1) that technology is primarily a form of inquiry, not a set of objects or techniques; 2) that technology, despite its hazards, should neither be demonized, nor bemoaned, nor feared; 3) that philosophy, especially a pragmatic philosophy, provides important tools for the successful application and critique of technology. In the first chapter "Tuning Up Technology" Hickman points to the fact that, etymologically, "technology" refers to the study of particular "techniques, tools, and artifacts" (11) and only derivatively to these things themselves. Of course, there

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