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“Political Philosophy of Technology” by Prof Mitcham

Event Dates:
11 April 2023
Speaker(s):
Carl Mitcham (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
Institution(s):
FUDAN UNIVERSITY

“Political Philosophy of Technology & Alasdair MacIntyre – Talk 1”
by Prof Carl Mitcham (Colorado School of Mines, USA)

11th April 2023

Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the foremost contemporary moral philosophers and his “After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory” is a pivotal text in contemporary moral theory. He is the leading exponent for a revival of virtue theory in ethics.

The present paper aims to situate “After Virtue” chronologically in the MacIntyre corpus, identify the structure of its pivotal historical-philosophical argument (along with a few stylistic features), and then raise questions about MacIntyre’s relationship to some structurally similar critiques of modernity, particularly those of Martin Heidegger and Leo Strauss, and the challenge of modern technology to the ethical and the political.

Professor Mitcham is a philosopher of engineering and technology, Professor Emeritus (Ee-MARE-uh-tus ) of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines and visiting International Professor of Philosophy of Technology at Renmin University of China.

“Political Philosophy of Technology & Leo Strauss – Talk 2”
by prof Carl Mitcham (Colorado School of Mines, USA)

17th April 2023

In this lecture, Professor Mitcham reflects on the way in which philosophy, specially political philosophy, repeatedly and naively entails a return to beginnings. In light of discussions generated by the first talk, he wants to reiterate both themes and then advance their discussion by drawing again on Leo Strauss.

Professor Mitcham is a philosopher of engineering and technology, Professor Emeritus (Ee-MARE-uh-tus ) of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines and visiting International Professor of Philosophy of Technology at Renmin University of China.

“Political Philosophy of Technology & Pierre Manent – Talk 3”
by prof Carl Mitcham (Colorado School of Mines, USA)

20th April 2023

In this talk, Professor Mitcham revises his original plan and makes only a brief further reference to Pierre Manent, combining parts of the argument from his “Challenges for Science Policy in the Anthropocene” (which was distributed in advance) with a little more from MacIntyre in order to elaborate further on what he calls the technological-political problem.

Professor Mitcham is a philosopher of engineering and technology, Professor Emeritus (Ee-MARE-uh-tus ) of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines and visiting International Professor of Philosophy of Technology at Renmin University of China.