This course philosophically investigates the impact of technologies on human beings and the various practices we engage in. Drawing on the traditions of philosophy of technology and post-phenomenology, the course asks: what is the role of technologies in the construction of human reality? Do technologies add to our quality of life? Where does the human stop and the technology begin? Are some technologies “better” or “worse” than others? What is “new” in the gadgets we are accustomed to calling new technologies? How are science and technology related? Is art possible without technology? Are computer games “less real” than football or badminton?
The philosophical questions covered by lectures and in-class discussions based on assigned readings will be rooted on the level of everyday through self-reflective experiments involving technological deprivation and diary-keeping which will be followed up by in-class presentations and/or short papers. The philosophical thinking about technology in this class will ultimately culminate in the final papers.