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    Multistability and the Agency of Mundane Artifacts: from Speed Bumps to Subway Benches.Robert Rosenberger - 2014 - Human Studies 37 (3):369-392.
    A central question in philosophical and sociological accounts of technology is how the agency of technologies should be conceived, that is, how to understand their constitutive roles in the actions performed by assemblages of humans and artifacts. To address this question, I build on the suggestion that a helpful perspective can be gained by amalgamating “actor-network theory” and “postphenomenological” accounts. The idea is that only a combined account can confront both the nuances of human experiential relationships with technology on which (...)
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    But, That’s Not Phenomenology!Robert Rosenberger - 2020 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 24 (1-2):83-113.
    A discussion is emerging within the contemporary philosophy of technology over issues of discrimination through design. My suggestion is that a productive way to approach this topic is through a combination of insights from the postphenomenological and critical constructivist perspectives. In particular, I recommend that we build on the postphenomenological notion of “multistability” and conceive of instances of discrimination through design as a kind of discriminatory “stability,” one possible instantiation of a device that could be usefully contrasted with others. Through (...)
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    But, That’s Not Phenomenology!Robert Rosenberger - 2020 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 24 (1-2):83-113.
    A discussion is emerging within the contemporary philosophy of technology over issues of discrimination through design. My suggestion is that a productive way to approach this topic is through a combination of insights from the postphenomenological and critical constructivist perspectives. In particular, I recommend that we build on the postphenomenological notion of “multistability” and conceive of instances of discrimination through design as a kind of discriminatory “stability,” one possible instantiation of a device that could be usefully contrasted with others. Through (...)
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    Notes on a Nonfoundational Phenomenology of Technology.Robert Rosenberger - 2017 - Foundations of Science 22 (3):471-494.
    The emerging school of thought called “postphenomenology” offers a distinct understanding of the ways that people experience technology usage. This perspective combines insights from the philosophical tradition of phenomenology with commitments to the anti-essentialism and nonfoundationalism of American pragmatism. One of postphenomenology’s central positions is that technologies always remain “multistable,” i.e., subject to different uses and meanings. But I suggest that as this perspective matures, philosophical problems are emerging around the notion of multistability, what I call “the problem of invariance” (...)
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  5. How simulations fail.Patrick Grim, Robert Rosenberger, Adam Rosenfeld, Brian Anderson & Robb E. Eason - 2011 - Synthese 190 (12):2367-2390.
    ‘The problem with simulations is that they are doomed to succeed.’ So runs a common criticism of simulations—that they can be used to ‘prove’ anything and are thus of little or no scientific value. While this particular objection represents a minority view, especially among those who work with simulations in a scientific context, it raises a difficult question: what standards should we use to differentiate a simulation that fails from one that succeeds? In this paper we build on a structural (...)
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    On variational cross-examination: a method for postphenomenological multistability.Robert Rosenberger - 2023 - AI and Society 38 (6):2229-2242.
    How should we understand postphenomenological methodology? Postphenomenology is a research perspective which builds on phenomenological and pragmatist philosophy to explore human–technology relations, but one with open methodological questions. Here, I offer some thoughts on the epistemological processes that should be (and often implicitly may be) at work in this research. In particular, I am concerned with postphenomenological research on technological “multistability,” i.e., a device’s ever-present capacity to be used for a variety of purposes, and to always be meaningful in multiple (...)
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    A Case Study in the Applied Philosophy of Imaging: The Synaptic Vesicle Debate.Robert Rosenberger - 2011 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 36 (1):6-32.
    Thinkers from a variety of fields analyze the roles of imaging technologies in science and consider their implications for many issues, from our conception of selfhood to the authority of science. In what follows, I encourage scholars to develop an applied philosophy of imaging, that is, to collect these analyses of scientific imaging and to reflect on how they can be made useful for ongoing scientific work. As an example of this effort, I review concepts developed in Don Ihde’s phenomenology (...)
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    Embodied technology and the dangers of using the phone while driving.Robert Rosenberger - 2012 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11 (1):79-94.
    Contemporary scientific research and public policy are not in agreement over what should be done to address the dangers that result from the drop in driving performance that occurs as a driver talks on a cellular phone. One response to this threat to traffic safety has been the banning in a number of countries and some states in the USA of handheld cell phone use while driving. However, research shows that the use of hands-free phones (such as headsets and dashboard-mounted (...)
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    Localizations of Dystopia.Robert Rosenberger - 2021 - Foundations of Science 27 (2):709-715.
    The postphenomenological framework of concepts—and especially the version utilized by the founder of this school of thought, Don Ihde—has proven useful for puncturing others’ totalizing or otherwise overgeneralizing claims about technology. However, does this specialization in deflating hype leave this perspective unable to identify the kinds of technological patterns necessary for contributing to activist interventions and political critique? Put differently, the postphenomenological perspective is committed to the study of concrete human-technology relations, and it eschews essentialist and fundamentalizing accounts of technology. (...)
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    The sudden experience of the computer.Robert Rosenberger - 2009 - AI and Society 24 (2):173-180.
    The experience of computer use can be productively articulated with concepts developed in the phenomenological tradition of philosophy. Building on the insights of classical phenomenologists, Ihde has advanced a sophisticated view of the ways humans relate to technology. I review and expand on his notions of “technological mediation,” “embodiment,” and “multistability,” and apply them to the experience of computer interface. In particular, I explore the experience of using a computer that fails to work properly. A revealing example is the experience (...)
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    Perceiving Other Planets: Bodily Experience, Interpretation, and the Mars Orbiter Camera.Robert Rosenberger - 2008 - Human Studies 31 (1):63-75.
    An emerging philosophical perspective called “postphenomenology,” which offers reflection upon human relations to technology, has the potential to increase our understanding of the functions performed by imaging technologies in scientific practice. In what follows, I review some relevant insights and expand them for use in the concrete analysis of practices of image interpretation in science. As a guiding example, I explore how these insights bear upon a contemporary debate in space science over images of the fossilized remains of a river (...)
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  12. Modeling prejudice reduction: Spatialized game theory and the contact hypothesis.Patrick Grim, Evan Selinger, William Braynen, Robert Rosenberger, Randy Au, Nancy Louie & John Connolly - 2005 - Public Affairs Quarterly 19 (2):95-125.
    We apply spatialized game theory and multi-agent computational modeling as philosophical tools: (1) for assessing the primary social psychological hypothesis regarding prejudice reduction, and (2) for pursuing a deeper understanding of the basic mechanisms of prejudice reduction.
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  13. Quick-freezing philosophy: an analysis of imaging technologies in neurobiology.Robert Rosenberger - 2009 - In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Evan Selinger & Søren Riis (eds.), New Waves in Philosophy of Technology. Palgrave-Macmillan.
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    The importance of generalized bodily habits for a future world of ubiquitous computing.Robert Rosenberger - 2013 - AI and Society 28 (3):289-296.
    In a future world of ubiquitous computing, in which humans interact with computerized technologies even more frequently and in even more situations than today, interface design will have increased importance. One feature of interface that I argue will be especially relevant is what I call abstract relational strategies. This refers to an approach (in both a bodily and conceptual sense) toward the use of a technology, an approach that is general enough to be applied in many different concrete scenarios. Such (...)
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  15. What Kind of Science is Simulation?Robb Eason, Robert Rosenberger, Trina Kokalis, Evan Selinger & Patrick Grim - 2007 - Journal for Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 19:19-28.
    Is simulation some new kind of science? We argue that instead simulation fits smoothly into existing scientific practice, but does so in several importantly different ways. Simulations in general, and computer simulations in particular, ought to be understood as techniques which, like many scientific techniques, can be employed in the service of various and diverse epistemic goals. We focus our attentions on the way in which simulations can function as (i) explanatory and (ii) predictive tools. We argue that a wide (...)
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    A Phenomenology of Image Use in Science.Robert Rosenberger - 2011 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 15 (2):156-169.
    Insights from the phenomenological tradition of philosophy can be fruitfully applied to ongoing scientific investigations. In what follows, I review and refine a methodology I have developed for the application of concepts from the phenomenology of technology—concepts which articulate bodily and perceptual relations to technology—to a specific context of scientific practice: debate over the interpretation of laboratory images. As a guiding example, I introduce a case study of a contemporary debate over images of Mars which reveal evidence of fluid movement (...)
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    The Experiential Niche: or, on the Difference Between Smartphone and Passenger Driver Distraction.Robert Rosenberger - 2019 - Philosophy and Technology 32 (2):303-320.
    It is sometimes argued that since it would be absurd to outlaw passenger conversation, we should not regulate the presumably equivalent act of using the phone while driving. To reveal the spuriousness of this argument and to help urge drivers to refrain from using the phone while behind the wheel, we must draw on two decades of data on smartphone-induced driving impairment, and we need to consider ideas from both the postphenomenological and embodied cognition perspectives. In what follows, I expand (...)
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    A Phenomenological Defense of Computer-Simulated Frog Dissection.Robert Rosenberger - 2011 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 15 (3):215-228.
    Defenders of educational frog dissection tend to emphasize the claim that computer-simulated alternatives cannot replicate the same exact experience of slicing open a frog, with all its queasy and visceral impact. Without denying that point, I argue that this is not the only educational standard against which computer-simulated dissection should be evaluated. When real-world frog dissection is analyzed as a concrete technological practice rather than an assumed ideal, the particular educational advantages distinct to real-world dissection and virtual dissection can be (...)
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    The ICT Educator’s Fallacy.Robert Rosenberger - 2017 - Foundations of Science 22 (2):395-399.
    This paper develops the notion of “the ICT educator’s fallacy” to point to the mistaken assumption that devices introduced into the classroom will have the precise effects on educational experience expected by designers and curriculum developers. This notion allows for an expansion and refinement of the insights into the imperatives of twenty-first century education set out by Søren Riis.
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    Husserl's Missing Multistability.Robert Rosenberger - 2016 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 20 (2):153-167.
    The notion of “multistability” is a central fixture of the postphenomenological framework of thought, one of the central ideas that enables this perspective to avoid both shallow determinism and instrumentalism. While this notion has been put to use in numerous case studies and theoretical treatments, here I argue that the work of following out the philosophical implications of technological multistability has only just begun. Don Ihde’s new book, Husserl’s Missing Technologies, provides a helpful jumping off point as he provides a (...)
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    Husserl's Missing Multistability.Robert Rosenberger - 2016 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 20 (2):153-167.
    The notion of “multistability” is a central fixture of the postphenomenological framework of thought, one of the central ideas that enables this perspective to avoid both shallow determinism and instrumentalism. While this notion has been put to use in numerous case studies and theoretical treatments, here I argue that the work of following out the philosophical implications of technological multistability has only just begun. Don Ihde’s new book, Husserl’s Missing Technologies, provides a helpful jumping off point as he provides a (...)
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    The Phenomenological Case for Stricter Regulation of Cell Phones and Driving.Robert Rosenberger - 2014 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 18 (1/2):20-47.
    The case is made here for stricter regulations on the use of cell phones while driving. I review, contextualize, and expand on a phenomenological account of distracted driving that I have developed across a series of papers. This account remains consistent with the empirical literature on the driver distraction of cell phones, but it also offers an alternative theory on why the distraction of cell phone conversation poses such a considerable danger. My argument is that cell phone distraction results from (...)
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    Introduction.Robert Rosenberger - 2011 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 15 (3):182-184.
    Defenders of educational frog dissection tend to emphasize the claim that computer-simulated alternatives cannot replicate the same exact experience of slicing open a frog, with all its queasy and visceral impact. Without denying that point, I argue that this is not the only educational standard against which computer-simulated dissection should be evaluated. When real-world frog dissection is analyzed as a concrete technological practice rather than an assumed ideal, the particular educational advantages distinct to real-world dissection and virtual dissection can be (...)
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    The Spatial Experience of Telephone Use.Robert Rosenberger - 2010 - Environment, Space, Place 2 (2):63-77.
    Ideas developed within the philosophical tradition of phenomenology can be used to describe the experience of talking on the phone. In particular, I build on a contemporary brand of phenomenology called “postphenomenology,” a school of thought which specializes in the analysis of the relationships that form between users and technologies. Three central concepts are reviewed and developed: transparency, sedimentation, and what I call “field composition.” These concepts can be used for the description of the way that the content of a (...)
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    Husserl's Missing Multistability.Robert Rosenberger - 2016 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 20 (2):153-167.
    The notion of “multistability” is a central fixture of the postphenomenological framework of thought, one of the central ideas that enables this perspective to avoid both shallow determinism and instrumentalism. While this notion has been put to use in numerous case studies and theoretical treatments, here I argue that the work of following out the philosophical implications of technological multistability has only just begun. Don Ihde’s new book, Husserl’s Missing Technologies, provides a helpful jumping off point as he provides a (...)
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    Bridging Philosophy of Technology and Neurobiological Research: Interpreting Images From the “Slam Freezer”.Robert Rosenberger - 2005 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 25 (6):469-474.
    The swiftly growing field of neurobiological research utilizes highly advanced technologies (e.g., magnetic resonance imaging, electron microscopy) to mediate between investigators and the brains they investigate. Here, the author analyzes a device called the “slam freezer” that quick-freezes neurons to be studied under the microscope. Employing insights from Don Ihde’s philosophy of technology, work that carefully amalgamates continental philosophy with philosophy of science, the author draws out the practices of interpretation in slam-freezing research. This interdisciplinary approach to understanding scientific methodology (...)
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    Postphenomenology and Imaging: How to Read Technology.Samantha J. Fried & Robert Rosenberger (eds.) - 2021 - Lanham: Lexington Books.
    This edited collection explores the distinctive contributions of postphenomenological perspectives toward imaging in science, medicine, and everyday life. With its original empirical investigations of imaging across a variety of fields, the book expands our conceptual framework for understanding images.
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    A Preliminary Inventory of the Transformations of Scientific Imaging.Robert Rosenberger - 2020 - Acta Baltica Historiae Et Philosophiae Scientiarum 8 (2):21-37.
    Imaging technologies “transform” an object of study into something we can visually perceive in the form of an image. In science and medicine, imaging technologies enact a large variety of transformations, sometimes changing the spatiality of an object of study, or changing its temporality. I make use of the postphenomenological philosophical perspective, and in particular the work of its founder, Don Ihde, for guidance in exploring the different ways that imaging technologies transform our world in the process of rendering it (...)
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    Against spectatorial utopianism.Robert Rosenberger - 2023 - AI and Society 38 (5):1965-1966.
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    Catching up with technoscience studies.Robert Rosenberger - 2007 - Human Studies 29 (3):399-403.
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    Introduction.Robert Rosenberger - 2011 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 15 (3):182-184.
    Defenders of educational frog dissection tend to emphasize the claim that computer-simulated alternatives cannot replicate the same exact experience of slicing open a frog, with all its queasy and visceral impact. Without denying that point, I argue that this is not the only educational standard against which computer-simulated dissection should be evaluated. When real-world frog dissection is analyzed as a concrete technological practice rather than an assumed ideal, the particular educational advantages distinct to real-world dissection and virtual dissection can be (...)
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    The Critical Ihde.Robert Rosenberger (ed.) - 2023 - SUNY Press.
    Don Ihde is one of the world's foremost thinkers on the place of technologies in our lives. Over the course of a long career, he has built a unique and useful perspective by expanding on phenomenological and American pragmatist philosophy and has developed wide-ranging insights and conceptual tools for describing the details of our experience across the various areas of human activity, including scientific practice, anthropological history, computer interface, design, art history, and the technologies of everyday life. The Critical Ihde (...)
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    The initiation of senescence and its relationship to embryonic cell differentiation.Robert F. Rosenberger - 1995 - Bioessays 17 (3):257-260.
    Mouse embryonic stem cells have an unlimited lifespan in cultures if they are prevented from differentiating. After differentiating, they produce cells which divide only a limited number of times. These changes seen in cultures parallel events that occur in the developing embryo, where immortal embryonic cells differentiate and produce mortal somatic ones. The data strongly suggest that differentiation initiates senescence, but this view entails additional assumptions in order to explain how the highly differentiated sexual gametes manage to remain potentially immortal. (...)
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    Mediating Mars: Perceptual Experience and Scientific Imaging Technologies. [REVIEW]Robert Rosenberger - 2013 - Foundations of Science 18 (1):75-91.
    The philosophical tradition of phenomenology, with its focus on human bodily perception, can be used to explore the ways scientific instrumentation shapes a user’s experience. Building on Don Ihde’s account of technological embodiment, I develop a framework of concepts for articulating the experience of image interpretation in science. These concepts can be of practical value to the analysis of scientific debates over image interpretation for the ways they draw out the relationships between the image-making processes and the rival scientific explanations (...)
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    Book Symposium on Don Ihde’s Expanding Hermeneutics: Visualism in Science: Northwestern University Press, 1998. [REVIEW]Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Larry A. Hickman, Robert Rosenberger, Robert C. Scharff & Don Ihde - 2012 - Philosophy and Technology 25 (2):249-270.
    Book Symposium on Don Ihde’s Expanding Hermeneutics: Visualism in Science Content Type Journal Article Category Book Symposium Pages 1-22 DOI 10.1007/s13347-011-0060-5 Authors Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, University of Copenhagen, Nørre Farimagsgade 5 A, Room 10.0.27, 1014 Copenhagen, Denmark Larry A. Hickman, The Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA Robert Rosenberger, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, DM Smith Building, 685 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345, USA Robert C. Scharff, University of New (...)
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    Deflating the overblown accounts of technology: a review of Don Ihde’s Ironic Technics. [REVIEW]Robert Rosenberger - 2010 - AI and Society 25 (1):133-136.
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    An Ambivalent, Postphenomenological Philosophy of Technology. [REVIEW]Robert Rosenberger - 2008 - Janus Head 10 (2):640-646.
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    Book Review: Questioning Philosophers of Technology: Olsen, Jan-Kyre Berg, and Evan Selinger, eds. 2007. Philosophy of Technology: 5 Questions. New York: Automatic Press/vip. [REVIEW]Robert Rosenberger - 2010 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 35 (1):140-143.
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    Catching up with technoscience studies: Don Ihde and Evan Selinger, Eds. Chasing Technoscience: Matrix for Materiality. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003. [REVIEW]Robert Rosenberger - 2006 - Human Studies 29 (3):399 - 403.
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    Review: Catching up with Technoscience Studies. [REVIEW]Robert Rosenberger - 2006 - Human Studies 29 (3):399 - 403.
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    Seeing the World through Technology and Art. [REVIEW]Robert Rosenberger - 2008 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 12 (1):90-97.
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    Technologies of Education: Classrooms and Chat Rooms, Scalpels, and Screens: Review of The Place of the Classroom and the Space of the Screen: Relational Pedagogy and Internet Technology, by Norm Friesen, New York: Peter Lang, 2011. [REVIEW]Robert Rosenberger - 2013 - Human Studies 36 (2):307-313.
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