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Technology and environment: Gilbert Simondon's contributions

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Abstract:

The French philosopher Gilbert Simondon wrote a classic book on the philosophy of technology, Du mode d'existence des objets techniques, which is still relevant today and has much to say about environmentalism. This article discusses the complex relations involving environment and technology based on Simondon's thoughts. Simondonian concepts, such as concretization and associated milieu, can shed some light on an interesting view of environment and technology apart from a simplistic and reductionistic approach based on pollution and resources.

Keywords: Philosophy of technology; biotechnology; concretization; technical objects

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15693430701628355

Affiliations: Department of Social Sciences, Sao Carlos Federal University, Brazil

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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