Chasing Technoscience

Chasing Technoscience

Matrix for Materiality
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/18/2003
Format: Paperback 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21606-9
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... an original, quirky, and illuminating collection of material concerning the relatively new and exciting field of technoscience studies.... [T]he editors’ choice of multiple approaches to the work of four major figures is wholly suited to clarifying their unorthodox and consequently somewhat elusive philosophical positions." —Robert Scharff

Although often absent from the considerations of philosophers, sociologists, and anthropologists, the material dimension plays an important and even essential role in the practices of the sciences. Chasing Technoscience: Matrix for Materiality begins to redress this absence by bringing together four prominent figures who make technoscience, or science embodied in its technologies, a central theme of their work. Through lively personal interviews and substantive essays, the ideas of Andrew Pickering, Don Ihde, Donna Haraway, and Bruno Latour are brought to bear on the question of materiality in technoscience. The work of these theorists is then compared and critiqued in essays by colleagues. Chasing Technoscience is a ground-breaking, state-of-the-art look at current developments in technoscience.

Author Bio

Don Ihde is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is Director of the Technoscience Research Group at Stony Brook and is affiliated with the History of Science and Women's Studies programs. He is the author of thirteen other books, including Instrumental Realism and Technology and the Lifeworld (both Indiana University Press).

Evan Selinger is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he is writing his dissertation on the topic of expertise and authority. His publications include "Dreyfus on Expertise: The Limits of Phenomenological Analysis," which appeared in Continental Philosophy Review.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Part One Don Ihde
Part Two Evan Selinger

Part One
1. Interview with Bruno Latour Robert Crease, Don Ihde, Casper Bruun Jensen, and Evan Selinger
2. The Promises of Contructivism Bruno Latour
3. Interview with Donna Haraway Nina Lykke, Randi Markussen, and Finn Olesen
4. Cyborgs to Companion Species: Reconfiguring Kinship in Technoscience Donna Haraway
5. Interview with Andrew Pickering Casper Bruun Jensen
6. On Becoming: Imagination, Metaphysics, and the Mangle Andrew Pickering
7. Interview with Don Ihde Robb Eason, Jeremy Hubbell, Jari Jørgensen, Srikanth Mallavarapu, Nikos Plevris, and Evan Selinger
8. If Phenomenology is an Albatross, is Post-phenomenology Possible? Don Ihde

Part Two
9. Interdisciplinary Provocateurs: Philosophically Assessing Haraway and Pickering Evan Selinger
10. Hypertext: Rortean Links between Ihde and Haraway Robb Eason
11. Do You Believe in Ethics? Latour and Ihde in the Trenches of the Science Wars (Or: Watch Out Latour, Ihde's Got a Gun) Aaron Smith
12. Distance and Alignment: Haraway and Latour's Nietzschian Legacies Casper Bruun Jensen and Evan Selinger
13. A Garden Meeting: Ihde and Latour Jari Friis Jørgensen
14. Latour and Pickering: Posthuman Perspectives on Science, Becoming, and Normativity Casper Bruun Jensen