By Robert McCaughey

During this finished social background of Columbia University's institution of Engineering and utilized technological know-how (SEAS), Robert McCaughey combines archival study with oral testimony and modern interviews to construct either a severe and celebratory portrait of 1 of the oldest engineering faculties within the United States.

McCaughey follows the evolving, sometimes rocky, and now built-in dating among SEAS's engineers and the remainder of the Columbia college pupil physique, school, and management. He additionally revisits the interplay among the SEAS employees and the population and associations of town of recent York, the place the college has resided considering the fact that its founding in 1864. He compares the ancient struggles and achievements of the school's engineers with their present-day battles and accomplishments, and he contrasts their instructing and study ways to these in their friends at different free-standing and Ivy league engineering faculties. What starts as a localized historical past of a college striving to outline itself inside a school recognized for its strengths within the humanities and the social sciences turns into a much broader tale of the transformation of the technologies right into a severe element of American know-how and schooling.

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Its openness toward the other is sensory, and this relation is focally perceptual. This foundation in ordinary perception and praxis is, however, not usually critically examined; it is simply taken for granted. This ordinary context is what is both basic and shared throughout the human community. Consciously we always live in the lifeworld; normally there is no reason for making it explicitly thematic for ourselves universally as world. Conscious of the world as a horizon, we live for our particular ends, whether as momentary and change ones or as an enduring goal that we have elected for ourselves as a life vocation, to be the dominant one in our active life.

I hope that one result of this book will be a furtherance of those initial exchanges. Page 1 PART ONE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE READ THROUGH PHILOSOPHY OF TECHNOLOGY Page 3 I. Introduction: Philosophers and Technology Although there is a vast literature concerning technology, rarely has it been the primary theme of philosophers. But even with the plethora of books concerning the human impact of technology, few are concerned with the nature of technology per se. Either the literature tends to focus upon effects of technology or it may itself be technical literature.

Even as recently as the convergence of the "school" of instrumental realists whose books appeared from 1972 to 1987, there is little cross-citation between the first of the two reading-gap dimensions. It is the third dimension of the reading gap which complicates the issue even further. This is the gap between what could roughly be called the theory-biased and the praxis-biased readings of both philosophy of science and philosophy of technology. S. immigration of the positivists), and it was theory-oriented.

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