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Technology's in-betweeness

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  • L. Floridi
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)111-115
JournalPhilosophy and Technology
Journal publication date1 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


One of the most obvious features that characterises any technology is its inbetweeness. Suppose you live in Rio de Janeiro, not in Oxford. A hat is a technology between you and the sunshine. A pair of sandals is a technology between you and the beach on which you are walking. And a pair of sunglasses is between you and the bright light that surrounds you. The point may be phrased slightly differently, in terms of what exactly a specific technology relates. Perhaps a pair of sandals relates not you, but just your feet, and not to the beach, but just to some of its sandy surface. Yet this is hair-splitting and, in its essence, the idea of such an in-betweeness seems clear and uncontroversial. However, it soon gets complicated [opening paragraph]

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