A Critical Companion to Ihde

Edited by Evan Selinger

Subjects: Science And Technology
Series: SUNY series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Paperback : 9780791467886, 319 pages, July 2006
Hardcover : 9780791467879, 319 pages, July 2006

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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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List of Contributors

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.

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.