Three Talks on Philosophy: The State of the Art & the State of the Union,
Do Philosophers as Philosophers Have Social Obligations?
On Monday, March 23rd, Dr. Albert Borgmann, Dr. Andrew Feenberg, and Dr. Carl Mitcham will be participating in an engaging roundtable discussion on philosophical considerations in the technological age. This event will be from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall and is free and open to the public.
The Mansfield Center’s Ethics and Public Affairs Program and the Project American Democracy and Citizenship will host the event.
Also, on Monday, March 23rd:
Dr. Andrew Feenberg will be speaking at the Mansfield Center’s Brownbag series from 12:10-1:00 in UC 330 titled, "Technology and Human Finitude." This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Carl Mitcham will be speaking at the Philosophy Forum from 3:10-4:30 in the Pope Room of the Law School titled, “Differences in Philosophy and Differences They Can Make.” This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Albert Borgmann
Regents Professor of Philosophy
University of Montana
A German-born philosopher, Albert Borgmann specializes in the philosophy of technology. His books Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life (1984) and Crossing the Postmodern Divide (1992) delve into the issues surrounding modern technology and the intersection between technology and religion. Real American Ethics (2006) points out the ways in which Americans determine American values and the ways in which citizens can shape their world through social action. In 2013 he received the Golden Eurydice Award, recognizing outstanding contribution to the field of biophilosophy.
Dr. Andrew Feenberg
Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology
Simon Fraser University
Andrew Feenberg directs the Applied Communcation and Technology Lab at Simon Frasier University. He taught for many years in the Philosophy departments of San Diego State University, Duke University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Univeristies of California, San Diego and Irvine as well as the Sorbonne, the University fo Paris-Dauphine, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the University of Tokyo and the Univeristy of Brasilia. He is the author of numerous publications questioning the role technology plays in our lives, including Democratizing Technology (2006), where he discusses the essence of technology and calls for its democratization.
Dr. Carl Mitcham
Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Mitcham is a professor at the Colorado School of Mines and has held previous faculty appointments at Berea College, St. Catharine College, Polytechnic University, and Pennsylvania State University. He has also served in visiting positions at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Universidad de Oviedo, the Universities of Tilburg and Twente, Netherlands, and as Fulbright Professor at the Universidad de País Vasco, Spain. Additionally, Mitcham is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Adjunct Professor, European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland. He is an experton the philosophy of technology, authoring Philosophy and Technology (1972) and Thinking Through Technology: The Path Between Engineering and Philosophy (1994).