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Can the internet solve the problem of mass education, and bring human beings to a new level of community? Drawing on a diverse array of thinkers from Plato to Kierkegaard, On the Internet argues that there is much in common between the disembodied, free floating web and Descartes' separation of mind and body. Hubert Dreyfus also shows how Kierkegaard's insights into the origins of a media-obsessed public anticipate the web surfer, blogger and chat room. Drawing on studies of the isolation experienced by many internet users and the insights of philosopher such as Descartes and Kierkegaard, Dreyfus shows how the internet's privatisation of experience ignores essential human capacities such as trust, moods, risk, shared local concerns and commitment. The second edition includes a brand new chapter on 'Second Life' and is revised and updated throughout.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415775168
ISBN-10: 0415775167
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Hubert L. Dreyfus

Hubert Dreyfus is Professor of Philosophy in the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley, USA.

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