Philosophical Relationship of Humanities and Technology

Persian Journal for the Methodology of Social Sciences and Humanities 25 (99):19-23 (2019)
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to shed some light on the Philosophical relationship between humanities and technology. It will be explained that most disciplines in humanities are Janus-faced: they are part science/knowledge and part technology. The thesis of the paper is that the relationship between the technological aspect of humanities and other technologies is positive and synergetic, while the relationship between their scientific aspect and technologies is almost entirely critical and negative. The argument of the paper is not that the scientific aspect of humanities has nothing positive to offer to the development of technologies, but rather to clarify the nature of this assistance. It is also hoped that the paper’s analysis could help to explain how the scientific aspect of humanities can partake in the process of rationalisation of the development of technology.

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Alireza Mansouri
Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies
Ali Paya
University of Westminster

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