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Carl Mitcham will deliver the final lecture in the Philosophy Department’s 2013-14 colloquium lecture series. Mitcham is director of the Hennebach Program for the Humanities at the Colorado School of Mines. The Hennebach Program sponsors a regular series of visiting professors and works to incorporate humanistic studies into the school’s engineering and technology curriculum. He also directs the school’s Ethics across the Campus program, and he serves as Hans Jonas Chair at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Mitcham’s disciplinary background is in philosophy, with an emphasis in philosophy and ethics of science, technology, and engineering. His scholarly publications, however, have been as much interdisciplinary as disciplinary, especially insofar as he has worked to bring philosophy of technology into the interdisciplinary field of science, technology, and society (STS) studies. Among his many books, articles, editions, and co-authored works are “Thinking Through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy” (1994); “Visions of STS: Counterpoints in Science, Technology, and Society Studies,” with Stephen H. Cutcliffe (2001); “Technology and Religion: Oppositions, Sympathies, Transformations” (2008); and “Science, Technology, and Ethics: An Introduction” (2012).
This lecture will provide a brief introduction to philosophy and technology studies as they have developed in Europe and North American from the mid-1800s to the present. An implicit argument is that the West in its modern form is distinguished by the development of scientific technology and that an effort to come to terms with this technology is the fundamental challenge of Western civilization if not the world.