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By David Skrbina

What is expertise? Why does it have such energy in our lives? Why does it possible development of its personal accord, and with no regard to social or environmental overall healthiness? the hunt for the essence of know-how is an outdated one, with roots within the pre-Socratic philosophy of old Greece. It used to be then that sure thinkers first joined the tips of technê and emblems right into a unmarried worldview. The Greeks observed it as a type of world-force, found in either the works of fellows and in nature itself. It used to be the very artistic energy of the cosmos. within the twentieth century, German thinkers like Dessauer, Juenger, and Heidegger sought the metaphysical foundation of know-how, with various success.  French theologian Jacques Ellul argued persuasively that expertise was once an self sufficient strength of nature that made up our minds all facets of human life, yet he ignored the metaphysical underpinnings. fresh writers within the philosophy of know-how have mostly eschewed metaphysics altogether, who prefer to pay attention to constructivist types or pragmatic analyses. within the current paintings, Skrbina returns to a vintage metaphysical technique, looking no longer quite a bit an essence of expertise yet fairly a deep and penetrating research of the whole technological phenomenon. Drawing at the Greeks, he argues for a teleological metaphysics during which expanding order within the universe is itself outlined as a technological strategy. in this analyzing, all of truth constitutes a technical sphere, a "pantechnikon," of common scope. This paintings — the first-ever book-length therapy of the subject — breaks new floor via offering an in-depth and demanding learn of the metaphysics of expertise, in addition to drawing out the sensible results. know-how poses major hazards to humanity and the planet, dangers that may be mitigated via a close philosophical analysis.

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