Carl Mitcham

Carl Mitcham

Carl Mitcham is a philosopher of technology. Born in 1941, Mitcham is currently Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines.

He was educated at the University of Colorado (BA, MA) and Fordham University (PhD). Teaching appointments include Berea College (Kentucky), St. Catherine College (Kentucky), Brooklyn Polytechnic University, and Pennsylvania State University. Mitcham was a conscientious objector during Vietnam War.

Mitcham has worked to promote ethical reflection on technology, and "aspires to advance philosophical, ethical, and policy understanding within the relevant and overlapping professional communities in ways that may deepen democratic public intelligence." [] Mitcham has a long history of work in engineering ethics and the theory and practice of interdisciplinary education and research. Mitcham was also one of the founders of New Directions: Science, Humanities, Policy [] .

In November 2006 Mitcham received the international World Technology Network award for Ethics.


As author

* "Technology and Religion"
* "Thinking Through Technology:The Path between Engineering and Philosophy" (1994) ISBN 0226531988 (Paper), 0226531961 (Cloth).
* "Social and Philosophical Construction of Technology"
* "Engineering Ethics" (with R Shannon Duval) (1999) ISBN 0805364366.

As editor or co-editor

* "Philosophy and Technology" (1972, 1983, 1986)
* "Theology and Technology" (1984)
* "Ethics and Technology"
* "Visions of STS: Contextualizing Science, Technology, and Society Studies" (2001) ISBN 0791448452.
* "Philosophy of Technology Reader"
* "The Challenges of Ivan Illich: A Collective Reflection" (2002)
* "Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics" (2005)

ee also

* Philosophy of technology
* Information ethics
* Humanities policy
* Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience

External links

* [ LAIS Home Page for Dr. Mitcham]
* [ Personal Home Page]
* [ Biographical sketch]
* [ High Tech Ethics] Video clip
* [ The Path Between Engineering and Philosophy] - Epilogue from "Thinking through Technology".
* [ Land of Found Friends] . Conversation among Ivan Illich, Jerry Brown, and Carl Mitcham 1996

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