Colloquium: Technical Knowledge as a Guide to Technical Action – A Paradigm for the Epistemology

Technical Knowledge as a Guide to Technical Action – A Paradigm for the Epistemology of Technology?

Abstract: Epistemologists and philosophers of science seem somewhat divided whether technological knowledge provides a genuine case to be investigated and just what the questions might be. Most existing investigations have not produced any results. My talk wants to propose a different outset from which to investigate. If the task of a philosophy of science is reconsidered as having to explain how a particular type of knowledge achieves the aim it has been designed for, technological knowledge can be investigated in its particular role of enabling and guiding technological action. Once this stance is adopted, a range of philosophically interesting and genuine problems emerge for the investigation of technological knowledge.