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A Critical Companion to Ihde
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Evan Selinger - Editor
SUNY series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
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Hardcover - 319 pages
Release Date: July 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6787-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6787-9

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Paperback - 319 pages
Release Date: July 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6788-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6788-6

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Critically engages the work of the philosopher Don Ihde.

Postphenomenology is the first book devoted exclusively to the interpretation and advancement of prominent phenomenologist Don Ihde’s landmark contributions to history, philosophy, sociology, science, sound studies, and technology studies. Ihde has made a direct and lasting impact on the study of technological experience across the disciplines and acquired an international following of diverse scholars along the way, many of whom contribute to Postphenomenology, including Albert Borgmann, who characterizes Ihde as being “among the most interesting and provocative contemporary American philosophers.” The contributors situate, assess, and apply Ihde’s philosophy with respect to the primary themes that his oeuvre emphasizes. They not only clarify Ihde’s work, but also make significant contributions to the philosophy of technology, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of science. A comprehensive response from Ihde concludes the volume.

“…a layperson-friendly anthology making Ihde’s work accessible to a larger audience … this book asserts the importance of phenomenology and the areas surrounding it that are still unexplored.” — Symplok  

“Selinger has brought together a truly stellar cast for this collection of work. This book does two things … it summons forth the various phenomenological muses to come and speak to the reader, and … it celebrates the landmark contribution that Don Ihde has made, over the last 40 years, to the (post) phenomenological discourses around such fields as history, philosophy, sociology, science, sound studies, and technology studies.” — Human Studies   

“…this quite exceptional collection illustrates the broad inter-disciplinarity of Ihde’s thinking, and the way in which his relational and multi-stable ontology can fruitfully ‘speak’ to so many theoretical perspectives about technology and science.” — Metascience

 “This book is an important contribution to not only understanding Don Ihde but also to better comprehend technology and its impact on the human condition. This volume is a must for all scholars working within the philosophy of technology area, science studies and STS.” — Janus Head

“This fascinating collection does an excellent job of examining Ihde’s groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of technological experience. Both the cast of characters assembled and the range of topics discussed are exceptionally impressive.” — David M. Kaplan, editor of Readings in the Philosophy of Technology

“The intellectual importance of this volume is both its critical questioning of Ihde’s seminal ideas and its original research in concrete technologies. Ihde’s response to his critics is also intellectually important as it pushes him to critically assess the long-term development of his research program, and to clarify and explain his vision of both his work and fields of study.” — Trish Glazebrook, author of Heidegger’s Philosophy of Science

Contributors include Albert Borgmann, Richard A. Cohen, Robert P. Crease, Andrew Feenberg, Peter Galison, Donna J. Haraway, Don Ihde, Lenore Langsdorf, Hans Lenk, Judy Lochhead, Carl Mitcham, Finn Olesen, Andrew Pickering, Trevor Pinch, Robert C. Scharff, Evan Selinger, Vivian Sobchack, Paul B. Thompson, Peter-Paul Verbeek, and Donn Welton.

Evan Selinger is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the coeditor (with Don Ihde) of Chasing Technoscience: Matrix for Materiality.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Part I. Phenomenological Style: Ihde’s Unique Voice

1. Simple Grounds: At Home in Experience
Vivian Sobchack

2. From Phenomenology to Pragmatism: Using Technology as an Instrument
Carl Mitcham

Part II. Listening to Ihde: Phenomenology and Sound

3. The Primacy of Listening: Toward a Metaphysics of Communicative Interaction
Lenore Langsdorf

4. Voices in the Electronic Music Synthesizer: An essay in Honor of Don Ihde
Trevor Pinch

5. Visualizing the Musical Object
Judy Lochhead

Part III. Normative Commitments: Ihde at the Crossroads of Ethics and Politics

6. Normative Phenomenology: Reflections on Ihde's Significant Nudging
Evan Selinger

7. Ihde and Technological Ethics
Paul B. Thompson

8. The Morality of Things: A Postphenomenological Inquiry
Peter-Paul Verbeek

Part IV. Heidegger and Ihde

9. Ihde’s Albatross: Sticking to a “Phenomenology” of Technoscientific Experience
Robert C. Scharff

10. Technology: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Richard A. Cohen

11. Breakdown
Peter Galison

Part V. Perceiving Bodies

12. Crittercam: Compounding Eyes in NatureCultures
Donna J. Haraway

13. Active and Passive Bodies: Don Ihde’s Phenomenology of the Body
Andrew Feenberg

14. Body and Machines
Donn Welton

15. Ontology Engines
Andrew Pickering

Part VI. Reframing Science

16. From Workbench to Cyberstage
Robert P. Crease

17. Technological Mediation and Embodied Health-Care Practices
Finn Olesen

18. Mediating Between Science and Technology
Albert Borgmann

19. Toward a Practice-Oriented Methodology and Philosophy of Technoscience
Hans Lenk

Part VII. Ihdeology

20. Forty Years in the Wilderness
Don Ihde

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