• Nanotech's History: An Interesting, Interdisciplinary, Ideological Split
    Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 28 (5): 390-399. 2008.
    Nanotechnology is viewed by those in favor of its development in two different ways, and the divide is not recent. This article describes the origins of the differing visions of nanotechnology and examines their broader impacts. The typical history of the field tells nothing about these differing visions, which perhaps misleads. At least two distinct camps among scientists and engineers pursue work on the nanoscale, but they rarely interact, and when they do, they get nowhere. This article looks…Read more
  • Engines of Second Creation: Stories About Nanotechnology
    Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 33 (1-2): 21-27. 2013.
    We are in a position today to appreciate the ambiguity of technologies: that they are good, and bad, and neutral and present challenges in different ways. Reading U.S. national nanotechnology documents and histories of nanotechnology, one finds that rhetoric idealizing progress without serious consideration of negative side-effects remains unfortunately fixed within stories constructed about technology. Though we should be better aware of the potential for unintended consequences and negative so…Read more
  • Philosophers often enroll disabled bodies and minds as objects of thought in their arguments from marginal cases and in thought experiments: for example, arguments for animal ethics use cognitively disabled people as a contrast case, and Merleau-Ponty uses a blind man with a cane as an exemplar of the relationship of technology to the human, of how technology mediates. However, these philosophers enroll disabled people without engaging significantly in any way with disabled people themselves. In…Read more
  • Feedback Loops: Pragmatism About Science and Technology (edited book)
    with Andrew Wells Garnar
    Lexington Books. 2020.
    This volume explores the arrangement of science, technology, society, and education. Using the concept of "feedback loop", this book processes subjects dear to the work of Joseph C. Pitt: technology as humanity at work, pragmatism, Sicilian realism, pragmatist pedagogy, instrumentation in science, and more.
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    New Editors' Introduction
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 24 (1-2): 1-2. 2020.
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    The Field of Field Philosophy: Socrates Tenured by Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 48 (1): 56-62. 2018.
    This review assesses whether Briggle and Frodeman offer an accurate depiction of the state philosophy at universities, and examines the prospects of their conception of field philosophy and the feasibility of their proposal in the context of other trends.
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    Philosophy of Science: 5 Questions (review)
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 15 (3): 243-244. 2011.