Truth, Thought, and Technology

October 19, 2012 - October 20, 2012
Purdue University

West Lafayette
United States

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Philosophers from ancient Greece to the present have explored technology’s relation to truth.  Whether that exploration has been undertaken as part of a broader investigation of mimesis or causality, or whether it has been couched in terms of a questioning of Being, technology is never far from the concerns of philosophers.  Similarly, writers of fiction have thematized technology and its cultural  consequences.  Writers ranging from Samuel Butler to Aldous Huxley to David Foster Wallace have reacted to technological change with varying degrees of alarm.  As technology continues to proliferate and impact private, social, and political life across the world, philosophical and literary attempts to clarify the relation between truth, thought, and technology are as pressing as ever.

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