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Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: A Philosophical Inquiry

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About the Author

Albert Borgmann is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana. He is the author of Crossing the Postmodern Divide, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press (March 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226066290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226066295
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This is a really important book by Borgmann. It's a game-changer for anyone interested in philosophy of technology, and I highly recommend it!
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If you are interested in the philosophy of technology, skip this book and keep looking. Borgmann defines technology as developments since the industrial revolution. Many of his claims may stand within this narrow definition of technology but lose their force when considering technology in a broader sense.

Rather than a critique of technology, the book actually critiques consumerism. In this, the book is thought-provoking and worth reading. Although Borgmann assumes (incorrectly, I believe) a linkage between technology and consumerism, the linkage is not necessary to the critique of consumerism. Unfortunately, like most social critics, Borgmann does not present tangible suggestions for changing course.
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