Human Studies 32 (2):229-240 (2009)

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David Michael Kaplan
Washington University in St. Louis
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This paper praises and criticizes Peter-Paul Verbeek’s What Things Do ( 2006 ). The four things that Verbeek does well are: (1) remind us of the importance of technological things; (2) bring Karl Jaspers into the conversation on technology; (3) explain how technology “co-shapes” experience by reading Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory in light of Don Ihde’s post-phenomenology; (4) develop a material aesthetics of design. The three things that Verbeek does not do well are: (1) analyze the material conditions in which things are produced; (2) criticize the social-political design and use context of things; and (3) appreciate how liberal moral-political theory contributes to our evaluation of technology.
Keywords Philosophy   Sociolinguistics   Modern Philosophy   Political Philosophy   Philosophy of the Social Sciences   Philosophy
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DOI 10.1007/s10746-009-9116-2
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