Title

Values, technologies, and epistemology

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2008

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to make possible dialogue between those who claim that technologies are coded with social, political, or ethical values and those who argue that they are value-neutral. To demonstrate the relevance of this bridge-building project, the controversy regarding agrifood biotechnology will be used as a case study. Drawing on work by L. H. Nelson about the nature of human knowledge-building enterprises and E. F. Kittay's account of the relationally-constituted self, the argument will be made that all technologies embody the values of the communities that created them. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007.

Publication Title

Agriculture and Human Values

Volume

25

Issue

1

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