Philosophy of Technology: Ought We Build It?

Building Science + Technology

Spring 2013

Robert Silman, instructor

We are taught how to use technology and have learned the lessons well: we can build anything. But the corollary question of “Ought we build it?” is seldom addressed and we do not possess the tools to answer this query. This course provided the background to make an informed ethical decision. The goal of the course was to examine historical and contemporary philosophical ideas regarding technology and its effect on the environment and on man; to develop a critical ability in observing technical elements of the built environment; and by the end of the course to arrive at a personal philosophy and ethic for each student regarding the use of technology.