ERIC Number: ED055945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Values and the Future: The Impact of Technological Change on American Values.
Baier, Kurt, Ed; Rescher, Nicholas, Ed.
This collection of essays aims to draw attention to important areas of interaction between technology and values, to offer some ideas of where and how control of social problems may be attempted in ways which are compatible with the dominant values of the persons affected, and to map out a framework of categories within which one can describe and analyze the values of a person or group and the changes in these values over time. A study takes as a premise that a science of values is both necessary and possible. The investigation attempts to be interdisciplinary, drawing experts from a variety of fields, however limits of time and resources have resulted in an emphasis on economics, and less attention to such areas as religion, education, and politics. In an introduction, Alvin Toffler provides a background, summary, and evaluation of the investigation, and indicates its importance in laying the groundwork for a profession of the future. The essays are divided into three parts: the first is methodological, and begins with the definitional task; the second explores the interactions between technology and values; the third deals with the mechanisms of control through which values are translated into programs. In addition to the editors, and others, contributors include Kenneth Boulding, Martin Bronfenbrenner, John Kenneth Galbraith, Bertrand de Jouvenel, and David Lewis. (Author/JLB)
Descriptors: Conceptual Schemes, Futures (of Society), Interaction Process Analysis, Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Change, Social Planning, Social Problems, Social Sciences, Social Values, Technological Advancement, Technology, Values
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Sponsor: International Business Machines Corp., New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Dept. of Philosophy.