Philosophy 375: Philosophy of Technology

Spring Semester, 2005
Dr. Scott Kimbrough
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Course description:

As technology transforms society, our understanding of ourselves and our relations to others inevitably evolves as well. This course will examine two areas of technology that challenge our understanding of what it is to be human: biotechnology and artificial intelligence. As biotechnology increasingly confers the power to manipulate our biological make-up, it pointedly raises the question of who we are or aspire to be, and of what methods are acceptable to reach those aspirations. Artificial intelligence also forces us to confront what it is to be a person, human or otherwise. Can persons be made? Can we reconcile humanistic traditions with an emerging technological worldview that increasingly treats life itself as a technological product? To give context to these questions, the course will begin by investigating the nature of technology, including whether there is such a thing as a specifically technological worldview, what values technology implicitly promotes, and what effect it has on the concept of individuality

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There is no worse academic sin than plagiarism. Plagiarism consists in copying the work of another, in whole or in part, without citing the source. Plagiarized work will receive a zero.

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