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Drawing on essays from prime foreign and multi-disciplinary students, A better half to the Philosophy of know-how is the 1st entire and authoritative reference resource to hide the main problems with technology’s effect on society and our lives.Presents the 1st entire, authoritative reference paintings within the fieldOrganized thematically to be used either as a whole advent to the sphere or an encyclopedic referenceDraws on unique essays from best interdisciplinary scholarsFeatures the main up to date and leading edge learn within the interdisciplinary fields of philosophy, know-how, and their broader highbrow environments

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These changes had certain unique Western technological features. Many of the new machines, including the steam engines, were self-acting in the sense that built-in control mechanisms, like James Watt’s feedback regulator, managed their operation by turning valves, lifting levers or releasing triggers. During the first half of the nineteenth century a number of machines were developed which, like the mechanical loom, through self-regulation could perform operations previously only mastered by skilled labor.

A muezzin could do this with an astrolabe, or a professional astronomer called a muwaqqit could be hired. At the popular level, the hours of night could be determined by anybody who knew some astrology by looking at the lunar mansions; in daytime, by measuring the length of one’s own shadow – and there were twenty or more methods of how to do this. At the learned level, scholars like al-Khwarizmi wrote prayer-tables for each latitude. Muezzins were enjoined to use astronomical tables for determining prayer times and the astrolabe for finding the qibla (the direction of Mecca).

18 A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology Edited by J. K. B. Olsen, S. A. Pedersen and V. F. Hendricks © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. qxd 2/4/09 13:20 Page 19 definitions of technology What Is Technology? But what exactly is meant by the term “technology”? According to Dean and LeMaster (1995, p. ” While Contractor and Sagafi-Nejad (1981) describe technology simply as “a bundle of information, rights and services,” Maskus (2004, p. ” However, Maskus (2004) solely distinguishes between embodied and disembodied technology, whereas Kedia and Bhagat (1988) recommend a more detailed classification into process-, product- and person-embodied technology.

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