Technological Change and Human Obsolescence: An Axiological Analysis

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Can human life have value in a world in which humans are rendered obsolete by technological advances? This article answers this question by developing an extended analysis of the axiological impact of human obsolescence. In doing so, it makes four main arguments. First, it argues that human obsolescence is a complex phenomenon that can take on at least four distinct forms. Second, it argues that one of these forms of obsolescence (‘actual-general’ obsolescence) is not a coherent concept and hence not a plausible threat to human well-being. Third, it argues that existing fears of technologically-induced human obsolescence are less compelling than they first appear. Fourth, it argues that there are two reasons for embracing a world of widespread, technologically-induced human obsolescence.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
DANTCA-11
Upload history
Archival date: 2020-06-24
View other versions
Added to PP index
2020-06-24

Total views
605 ( #8,720 of 2,432,632 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
211 ( #2,324 of 2,432,632 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.