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What is Technology? Six Definitions and Two Pathologies

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Paul Nightingale

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Date Written: October 10, 2014

Abstract

This paper aims to integrate recent philosophy, history, sociology and economics of technology (Vincenti, 1990; Searle, 1995, 2001; Dupre, 1993; Houkes, 2009; 2006; de Vries, 2003; Nye, 2006; Rosenberg, 1976, 1990; Pavitt, 1987, 1999; Meijers, 2009) to explore six definitions of technology and two pathologies. It aims to clarify the relationship between different ways of understanding technology, and provide a preliminary overview of their relative strengths and weaknesses.

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Nightingale, Paul, What is Technology? Six Definitions and Two Pathologies (October 10, 2014). SWPS 2014-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2743113 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2743113

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