Technology: Rationality and Criticizability vs Justificationism

Persian Journal on Strategy for Culture 14 (54):43-72 (2021)
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Any adequate philosophy of technology needs to take a clear stance with regard to the limits of criticizability. While observing the canons of criticizability may appear to be simple, many philosophical approaches (whether towards technology or other topics) abandon comprehensive criticizability by adopting some forms of justificationist or essentialist epistemology. This paper aims to show that criticizability can only be upheld by subscribing to a non-justificationist epistemology and by acknowledging the propositions/standards dichotomy; failing to do so leads to undesirable epistemic consequences.

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


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