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1st Edition

On the Internet

ISBN 9780415228060
Published May 23, 2001 by Routledge
138 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on a diverse array of thinkers from Plato to Kierkegaard, On the Internet is one of the first books to bring philosophical insight to the debate on how far the internet can and cannot take us.
Dreyfus shows us the roots of the disembodied, free floating web surfer in Descartes' separation of mind and body, and how Kierkegaard's insights into the birth of the modern reading public anticipate the news-hungry, but disinterested risk avoiding internet junkie. Drawing on recent studies of the isolation experienced by many internet users, Dreyfus shows how the internet's privatisation of experience ignores essential human capacities such as trust, moods, risk, shared local concerns and commitment. On the Internet is essential reading for anyone on line and all those interested in our place in the e-revolution.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1 The Hype about Hyperlinks; Chapter 2 How Far is Distance Learning from Education?; Chapter 3 Disembodied Telepresence and the Remoteness of the Real; Chapter 4 Nihilism on the Information Highway: Anonymity vs. Commitment in the Present Age; con Conclusion;

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Hubert L. Dreyfus


...sharp and stimulating discussion of the promises of the Intenet. Going beyond the hype of the cybercrowd, Dreyfus a celebrated writer on philosophy and technology, asks whether the Internet can really bring humanity to a new level of community and solve the problems of mass education. Dreyfus' critique of huper learning provides much food for thought and raises the level of the discussions amongst concerned educators and technologists.
– First Monday
A clear discussion of the promises of the Internet...brings a philosopher's eye to bear on an issue that affects all of us..

Interesting and definitely much needed...a short and thought provoking book that can be read by any net enthusiast and/or scholar who is interested in the topics of learning, knowledge and identity in relation to the Internet..

At a time when bookstores and magazine stands are saturated with titles about the internet, it comes as no small, blessed relief to read one that is actually interesting and realistic, whose arguments are worth thinking about and engaging with Whether you're a novice to the internet or someone deeply involved with it - as a user or developer - On the Internet will engage you in topics ranging from the seemingly mundane (hyperlinks) to current trends toward distance learning..
–Tech Directions

This book is an important addition to the growing literature on the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet.
–Revue Philosophique