Upon Opening the Black Box and Finding It Empty: Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Technology

  title={Upon Opening the Black Box and Finding It Empty: Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Technology},
  author={Langdon Winner},
  journal={Science, Technology \& Human Values},
  pages={362 - 378}
  • L. Winner
  • Published 1 July 1993
  • Art
  • Science, Technology & Human Values
What do philosophers need to know about technology? What kind of knowledge do we need to have? And how much? Perhaps it is enough simply to have lived in a society in which a wide variety of technologies are in common use. Drawing upon an everyday understanding of such matters, one can move on to develop general perspectives and theories that may enable us to answer important questions about technology in general. The problem is that one's grasp may be superficial, failing to do justice to the… 

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