Andrew Feenberg

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As users of computer networks have become more active in producing their own electronic records, in the form of transcripts of onlinediscussions, ethicists have attempted to interpret this new situation interms of earlier models of personal data protection. But thistransference results in unprecedented problems for researchers. Thispaper examines some of(More)
T HE philosophy of technology is in a state of growth. In the past two years alone, over a dozen philosophical studies of technology have .~. appeared. Occasional references are even made to a new wave m philosophy of technology. Indeed, of the three recent anthologies that will be discussed here, two pretend to present a sampling of 'the new philosophy of(More)
Before I begin, I would like to situate the field for you briefly. You may already have some familiarity with philosophy of science as this is one of the most prestigious fields of philosophy. It is concerned with the truth of science, the validity of theories and experimentation. We call these “epistemological” issues, issues in the theory of knowledge.(More)
Studies have shown the importance of social support for health, and the value of patient support groups. Today we are seeing a further development of the idea of the patient meeting: online discussions on the internet and other computer networks. This paper reports on the online activities of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The paper explores(More)
Critical theory of technology combines insights from philosophy of technology and constructivist technology studies. A framework is proposed for analyzing technologies and technological systems at several levels, a primary level at which natural objects and people are decontextualized to identify affordances, complemented by a secondary level of(More)