PHILOSOPHY: Feenberg, Questioning Technology

Thursday, 14.00-16.00 (Dr Nicholas Joll) 

28 April – 7 July 2022,

Half Term 02 June                                               

The course is a reading group.  

The author. Andrew Feenberg is an American philosopher. He is of the Critical Theory tradition, although that pedigree is not especially evident from either the content or the style of this book. Heidegger is an influence too (perhaps because Feenberg was taught by Marcuse).
Topics. The book is about how we should conceive and relate to technology. Thus, Feenberg’s questions include the following. What is technology? Is technology neutral in any important sense? Or does it somehow incorporate values? Is technology in fact controllable? If it is, how should it be controlled? If technology has a trajectory of its own, then what is the trajectory?
Procedure. Each week we will discuss a section of the book, the idea being that the participants have read that section beforehand. I have a tendency to produce handouts.
Editions. Questioning Technology (Routledge, 1999). Paperback (ISBN 9780415197557)

Required reading. For the first session: preface to ‘Questioning Technology‘ (Routledge, 1999)

ONLINE COURSE – Current Economic Issues:

Tuesday, 15.00-16.30 via Zoom (Sheila Moore)

26 April, 3 May, 10 May 2022,

Half Term N/A

This is a short online course conducted via Zoom. It will consist of a discussion of some of the topical global economic uncertainties.


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