Thinking through Consumption and Technology

In Philip Brey, Adam Briggle & Edward Spence (eds.), The Good Life in a Technological Age. Routledge (2012)
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Consumer society engenders a peculiar set of existential conditions, but it is often neglected in analyses of technology. The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate a way to examine technology through the set of existential conditions in consumer society, and, at the same time, argue for its importance in normative analyses of technology. Particularly, this chapter argues against a specific pattern of argument against technology to be inadequate in isolation of an analysis of consumer society. In this respect, philosophers and other researchers interested in normative issues on technology in consumer society can benefit enormously from social theory of consumption.
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