A PAGE IN THE HISTORY OF PRESENT TECHNOLOGY: A STRANGE ATTITUDE OF SOME SCHOLARS TOWARDS SOME HARMFUL CIVIL TECHNOLOGIES

Ana Bazac
2014 unpublished
In the light of Aristotle's theory of the telos, my paper presents an epistemological analysis of the direct support by some scientists of some precise harmful civil technologies. There is a social determination of this behaviour. But its transposition into the logic of these scholars is all the more interesting. The specific of technology: the know-how, the focus on technical feasibility, suggests to scholars to refrain from the interference within an exterior realm to their own expertise and
more » ... own expertise and to separate the domains; they arrive to not being interested about the upstream and downstream conditions of the specific technology they are working with; on the other hand, the pursuit of their precise technological goal generates a specific technological philosophy: that to realise the required technology until their know-how made it possible. But in this framework, their watchword-if something can be made, it will be-may lead them to support even harmful civil technologies. This aspect takes part from the history of the last decades and should be considered together with two extremes: the "neutrality" of scholars or their involvement in the social critical activism.
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