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- DescriptionDesigning Information Techlogy in the Postmodern Age puts the theoretical discussion of computer systems and information techlogy on a new footing. Shifting the discourse from its usual rationalistic framework, Richard Coyne shows how the conception, development, and application of computer systems is challenged and enhanced by postmodern philosophical thought. He places particular emphasis on the theory of metaphor, showing how it has more to offer than tions of method and models appropriated from science. Coyne examines the entire range of contemporary philosophical thinking -- including logical positivism, analytic philosophy, pragmatism, phemelogy, critical theory, hermeneutics, and deconstruction -- comparing them and showing how they differ in their consequences for design and development issues in electronic communications, computer representation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and multimedia. He also probes the claims made of information techlogy, including its presumptions of control, its so-called radicality, even its ability to make virtual worlds, and shows that many of these claims are poorly founded. Among the writings Coyne visits are works by Heidegger, Ador, Benjamin, Gadamer, Derrida, Habermas, Rorty, and Foucault. He relates their views to information techlogy designers and critics such as Herbert Simon, Alan Kay, Terry Wigrad, Hubert Dreyfus, and Joseph Weizenbaum. In particular, Coyne draws extensively from the writing of Martin Heidegger, who has presented one of the most radical critiques of techlogy to date.
- Author BiographyRichard Coyne is Professor and Chair of Architectural Computing at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of four other books published by the MIT Press, including The Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media.
- Author(s)Richard Coyne
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication01/01/1995
- SubjectComputing: Professional & Programming
- Series TitleLeonardo Book Series
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight681 g
- Width160 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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