851-0125-51L  Philosophy of Technology: Man and Machine

SemesterSpring Semester 2017
LecturersM. Hampe, D. A. Strassberg
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentParticularly suitable for students of D-CHAB, D-HEST, D-MAVT, D-MATL


AbstractThe lecture gives an overview about the different Man-Machine-Relations since the 16th century. Different modells of machines will be important here: the clockwork, the steam engine and the computer.
ObjectiveOn the one hand modells of machines had a heuristical value in research on man, e.g. in Harvey's discovery of blood circulation in the 17th century or in brain research in the 20th century. On the other hand these modells were always criticised, sometimes polemically, because they are supposedly not adequate for man.
Students should learn about the connections between the history of anthropology and technology and be able at the end of the course to evaluate the critical philosophical arguments that are connected with the metaphor of the machine.