The Critical Ihde

By Don Ihde
Edited by Robert Rosenberger
Introduction by Robert Rosenberger

Subjects: Philosophy, Science And Technology, Phenomenology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies
Series: SUNY series in American Philosophy and Cultural Thought
Hardcover : 9781438492612, 342 pages, April 2023
Paperback : 9781438492605, 342 pages, October 2023

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Robert Rosenberger


1. Auditory Phenomenology

2. The Multistability of Perception

3. What Pragmatism Adds to Phenomenology

4. What Phenomenology Adds to Pragmatism

5. What Is Postphenomenology?


6. Human-Technology Relations

7. Auditory Technologies

8. The Critique of Heidegger

9. Multistability and Cultural Context

10. The Designer Fallacy


11. The Critique of Husserl

12. Technology Leads Science

13. Epistemology Engines and the Camera Obscura

14. The Phenomenology of Scientific Imaging


This critical reader brings together both essential as well as under-recognized writings from the work of Don Ihde, one of the most important contemporary thinkers on technology and human experience.


Don Ihde is one of the world's foremost thinkers on the place of technologies in our lives. Over the course of a long career, he has built a unique and useful perspective by expanding on phenomenological and American pragmatist philosophy and has developed wide-ranging insights and conceptual tools for describing the details of our experience across the various areas of human activity, including scientific practice, anthropological history, computer interface, design, art history, and the technologies of everyday life. The Critical Ihde brings together many of Ihde's most influential writings, as well as a number of under-recognized gems. Across these works are examples of his influential contributions to the phenomenology of human auditory and visual experience, his foundational work on the phenomenology of technology, and his thoughts on the technologies of scientific practice, including laboratory and medical imaging. Further, these chapters reveal the development of "postphenomenology," Ihde's original philosophical perspective, one that continues to flourish today across the work of a growing interdisciplinary and international collective of scholars.

Don Ihde is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His many books include Postphenomenology and Technoscience: The Peking University Lectures; Consequences of Phenomenology; and Experimental Phenomenology, 2nd edition: Multistabilities (all published by SUNY Press). Robert Rosenberger is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, President-Elect of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and the author of Callous Objects: Designs Against the Homeless.


"This collection of Don Ihde's work is long overdue. Robert Rosenberger's thoughtful curation allows readers to follow the development of Ihde's thought over some five decades, to understand how he built his project on the insights of both traditional phenomenology and pragmatism, and to appreciate what his criticisms of previous philosophers' work on technology (such as Heidegger's) often reveal." — Larry A. Hickman, author of Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture: Putting Pragmatism to Work