In my previous post, I presented a few references. I went on reading books and articles on this topic, and I am now able to sort them in several kinds of approaches.
This is mostly thanks to these books in French on philosophy of technology:
- G. Simondon, L’invention dans les techniques : cours et conférences, Paris: Seuil, 2005.
- G. Hottois, Philosophies des sciences, philosophies des techniques, Paris: Odile Jacob, 2004.
- J. Goffi, La philosophie de la technique, Presses Universitaires de France, 1988.
- G. Hottois, Le signe et la technique : la philosophie à l’épreuve de la technique, Paris: Aubier, 1984.
In his second lesson at the Collège de France (Philosophies des sciences, philosophies des techniques, p. 94-118), Gilbert Hottois tries to provide a state-of-the-art in philosophy of technology: he describes several traditions and backgrounds. Here is how things started:
- A German origin of the reflexion on technology (Ernst Kapp, Friedrich Dessauer) which is mostly analyzed by engineers who shed a new light on this topic and try to think it as a system. The VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure) continues this tradition. From 1956 onwards, this association organizes a series of meetings entitled Man and Technology which notably sees the question ...