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By Friedrich Rapp (auth.)

ISBN-10: 9027712220

ISBN-13: 9789027712226

ISBN-10: 940098412X

ISBN-13: 9789400984127

Friedrich Rapp, during this magisterial and demanding essay on know-how, the complicated human phenomenon that calls for philosophy of technology, philosophy of tradition, ethical perception, and ancient sensi­ tivity for its figuring out, writes modestly of the grave and ten­ tative scenario within the philosophy of know-how. regardless of the professional­ chanced on thinkers who've dedicated time and mind's eye and ratio­ nal penetration, regardless of the big literature now to be had, the various and comparative viewpoints of political, analytic, regardless of metaphysical, cultural, even esthetic commitments, certainly regardless of the sincere becoming a member of of old and systematic equipment of inves­ tigation, we're faraway from a passable knowing of the thrill and sorrows, the achievements and disappointments, of the tech­ nological saga of human societies. Professor Rapp has ready this file at the philosophical figuring out of expertise for a bothered global; if ever philosophy have been wanted, it's within the prac­ tical try to locate possible choices between applied sciences, to foresee risks and possibilities, to settle on with a feeling of the possibil­ ity of pleasurable humane values. Emerson talked about the coed no longer as a expert aside, yet as 'Man pondering' and Rapp's essay so speaks to we all, commercial global or 3rd international, engineers or humanists, drained or vigorous, nervous or optimistic.

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Despite these difficulties, however, formulation of a decision-theoretical model one that can then be expanded and improved - is the onlyalternative to a vague general understanding that is lacking in sufficient detail. The design and construction of technological systems is the business of the engineer, who thus could be considered as the authority for decisions in technological actions. Indeed, his proper competence begins and ends with the making available of technological means for the solution of a particular problem.

Scientific knowledge does not, for example, provide any infonnation about the construction and dimensioning of the sought-for technological systems nor about the function of any necessary subsystems. Specific problems of engineering science - operational safety, maintaining tolerances, useful life - also lie outside the range of scientific inquiry. Therefore, a further limitation to concrete potential technological action is (4) the state of technological knowledge and skill. So far, the aspects investigated have referred to the structural relations of the material world (logic, laws of nature) and the actual state of intellectual resources (results of scientific research, technological knowledge and skill).

At the same time, however, Illich maintains that effective limitation of population growth, environmental pollution growth, waste of resources, and over-industrialization cannot be achieved by political institutions or technological and administrative measures. This can only be accomplished by the autonomous establishment of goals by individuals themselves. Even at this, it still remains an open question as to how these (divergent) goals can be detennined in a mass society and established without an institutionalized procedure.

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