Philosophy of Technology

Derek A. Leben, Philosophy of Technology, Spring 2018

Course Description

This class satisfies a general education requirement for the “World of Science and Nature.” One of the goals of the class is to analyze the structure and function of technology as both a social phenomenon and a natural phenomenon.

Required Texts:

• Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence
• Mediated: how the media shapes the world and the way you live in it
• The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in an age of genetic engineering
• The Economic Singularity: Artificial Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism

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Derek A. Leben, Philosophy of Technology, Spring 2015

Course Description

This course is an examination of the role of technology in our lives and in society. The first half of the course will address the question of what technology is (Unit I) and how it might be valuable (Unit II). The second half of the course will focus on the place of digital technology within theories of intellectual property rights (Unit III) and human experience (Unit IV). Students can expect to develop a strong grounding in the theoretical basis of digital property and digital aesthetics.

Required Texts:

Technology and Values: Essential Readings, ed. Craig Hanks
Mediated by Thomas DeZengotita
Justifying Intellectual Property by Robert Merges
The Digital Rights Movement by Hector Postigo

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