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Inside the Politics of Technology

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ISBN: 9789053567562 Year: Pages: 312 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567562 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Philosophy --- Science (General)
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Man is the measure of all things, an old saying goes. But it is a bad guide for understanding scientific and technological culture. Science and technology are not simply the means to reach human ends; they also actively shape human beings, their goals, meanings and social relations. This volume discusses the implications of this so-called 'co-production' of science, technology and society for our analytical as well as normative ideas about humanity, technology and the relations between both. Addressing issues such as cancer genetics, prenatal screening and ecological consequences of traffic and transport, contributors argue that technology has its own kind of sub-politics, which in turn calls for policies of technology: from steering and regulation to scenario studies, in order to achieve democratisation of technology.

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The Future of the Sciences and Humanities

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ISBN: 9789053565667 Year: Pages: 242 DOI: 10.5117/9789053565667 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Philosophy
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The arts and sciences evolve by specialisation and broadening of their scopes. Much innovation results from unusual combinations of views and techniques originating in widely different domains. However, stepping outside an established discipline entails the danger of 'shallowness', even if the primary challenge was a 'deep' integration problem. Acceptance of new departures requires recognition and understanding of what is involved, and this depends, among other things, on the adopted nomenclature of the insiders and the resulting perception by outsiders.Thus, current ways of referring to varieties of research and study - say, 'sciences' vs 'humanities' - often form obstacles to the appreciation of novel approaches. New views are necessary. But which angles must be considered?

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philosophy --- filosofie

In Medias Res

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ISBN: 9789089643292 Year: Pages: 204 DOI: 10.5117/9789089643292 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press Grant: The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Subject: Philosophy
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Sloterdijk has in recent years grown into one of Germany’s most influential thinkers. His work, which is extremely relevant for philosophers, scientists of art and culture, sociologists, political scientists and theologists, is only now gradually being translated in English. This book makes his work accessible to a wider audience by putting it to work in orientation towards current issues.
Sloterdijk’s philosophy moves from a Heideggerian project to think ‘space and time’ to a Diogenes-inspired ‘kynical’ affirmation of the body and a Deleuzian ontology of network-spheres. In a range of accessible and clearly written chapters, this book discusses the many aspects of this thought.

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philosophy --- filosofie

New Perspectives on Games and Interaction

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Book Series: Texts in Logic and Games ISBN: 9789089640574 Year: Pages: 330 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640574 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Mathematics --- Economics --- Philosophy
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This volume is a collection of papers presented at the 2007 colloquium on new perspectives on games and interaction at the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences in Amsterdam. The purpose of the colloquium was to clarify the uses of the concepts of game theory, and to identify promising new directions. This important collection testifies to the growing importance of game theory as a tool to capture the concepts of strategy, interaction, argumentation, communication, cooperation and competition. Also, it provides evidence for the richness of game theory and for its impressive and growing application.

Synod on the Freedom of Conscience

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Book Series: Bibliotheca Dissidentium Neerlandicorum ISBN: 9789089640826 Year: Pages: 242 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640826 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Religion --- Philosophy --- History
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This is the first English translation of a pivotal work in the history of religious tolerance. In Synod on the Freedom of Conscience (1582) the Dutch humanist Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert (1522-1590) provides one of the first book-length pleas for religious freedom published in the West. His central concern in his writings and exchanges with ministers of the Reformed Church was the safeguarding of freedom of conscience, the chief cause, he believed, for which the struggle against Habsburg Spain was being waged. The imaginary Synod, held in "Freetown," gathers together chief Catholic and Protestant leaders and theologians who engage in spirited debates on such matters as religious diversity, the freedom to criticize, the norms used to determine what constitutes heresy, freedom of the press, and the role of the state in the suppression of heresy. Each session concludes with remarks by the irenic Gamaliel (Coornhert's alter ego), who shows that both parties sin equally on the side of intolerance and pleads for the tolerant alternative. In this work Coornhert continues an Erasmian theme which would be picked up again in the following century by the Remonstrants and Hugo Grotius.

De beste de baas?

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Book Series: Studies over politieke vernieuwing ISBN: 9789053568156 Year: Pages: 168 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568156 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- Philosophy
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It is generally thought that all people should have equal opportunities and their social position should not be dictated by race, sex or heritage. This ideology of meritocracy has been embraced by the Dutch and other European societies. But is this something to strive for? This provocative book has a number of renowned philosophers and sociologists look at the downside of meritocracy. They show that meritocracy runs counter to other important ideals such as solidarity, respect and democracy.

Homo loquens en homo scribens

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ISBN: 9789053569542 Year: Pages: 512 DOI: 10.5117/9789053569542 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Psychology --- Philosophy --- Linguistics
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Dutch and Flemish language; Philosophy; Psychology

De geesteswetenschappelijke carrousel

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ISBN: 9789053569238 Year: Pages: 160 DOI: 10.5117/9789053569238 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- Social Sciences --- Philosophy
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Philosophy; Political science; Culture and institutions; Anthropology

Art in Progress

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ISBN: 9789053565858 Year: Pages: 181 DOI: 10.5117/9789053565858 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Philosophy --- History of arts
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In this challenging and erudite philosophical essay, the author argues that in art, belief in progress is still relevant, if not essential. The radical freedoms of postmodernism have had a crippling effect on art - more than ever before, art is in danger of becoming meaningless. Art can only acquire meaning through context, and the concept of progress is ideal as the primary criterion for establishing that context. History of art can be seen as a process of constant accumulation. Works of art comment on each other, enriching each other's meanings. These complex interrelationships lead to progress in both the sensibility of the observer and the significance of the works of art.

Technology, Trust, and Religion

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Book Series: LUP Academic ISBN: 9789087280598 Year: Pages: 320 DOI: 10.24415/9789087280598 Language: English
Publisher: Leiden University Press
Subject: Religion --- Philosophy --- Media and communication
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What does it mean to be human in a world of technology? What could be the role of religion in responding to the ecological crisis? Should we be concerned about the modification of food, and even of ourselves? Who do we trust to make decisions regarding our common future? What do we use our technology for? These are not questions for experts only. How can the wider public be involved? Do experts and the general public trust each other sufficiently? Or is the public ignorant, in the eyes of the scientists? And are too many engineers narrow minded, according to the general public? The contributors to this timely and necessary volume address expertise, trust and engagement, as we consider our technological condition , religious resources for the ecological crisis , biotechnology , and matters of trust between scientists and the general public. With contributions from leading scholars in the field, including James Miller from Queen's University, Canada and Tony Watling from the University College, London, this book will captivate a range of readers interested in the spirtitual dimension of of our culture and society.

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