The next SIRG seminar will take place on Wednesday 28 September at 1.00 pm. Details follow.
SIRG Seminar, Open University
Wednesday 28 September 2011 @ 1.00 pm David Gorham Library (first floor Venables, N1015)
Philip Brey is a philosopher of technology based at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He is a prolific author of journal articles and book chapters on topics as diverse as distance education, nanotechnology, and the social construction of technology.
In this short presentation I will offer some comments on his work based, necessarily, on a selective reading of his large output. I will argue that his main strengths are clarity of expression, wide range of interests, and a sympathetic attitude to social studies of science and technology. In so far social scientists and philosophers tend to be suspicious of each other, Brey’s acceptance of social-scientific approaches to science and technology is somewhat unusual. Furthermore, as an outsider, his critical assessment of the various strands of social studies of technology offers several illuminating insights, as I hope to illustrate.