Ph.D. Boston University, 1964
Harriman Hall 221
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7575
Areas of Specialization
Interests develop around both philosophy of science and technology, with special recent interests in imaging technologies. In addition, work on intercultutral perception and plural cultural patterns form part of the research interest.
Don Ihde's career has encompassed three emphases. Early in his career, he undertook original studies in phenomenology, notably in the works Listening and Voice, Experimental Phenomenology, and more recently in Postphenomenology (Northwestern University Press, 1973). He has also been a North American pioneer in the philosophy of technology, publishing the widely recognized Technics and Praxis and Technology and the Lifeworld. More recently, he has turned to science studies or "technoscience." In these areas, his works Instrumental Realism (Indiana University Press, 1991), Expanding Hermeneutics:Visualism in Science, and Bodies in Technology are prominent. Ihde is researching imaging technologies and epistemology. He is active internationally and regularly gives doctoral seminars in several European countries. He directs the Technoscience Research Group and the Technoscience Research Seminar at the University. Postphenomenology: A Critical Companion to Ihde (SUNY Press, 2006), contains essays concerning Ihde's work by nineteen prominent scholars has also been recently published.
- Postphenomenology: Essays in the Postmodern Context, Northwestern, 1973.
- Instrumental Realism: The Interface between Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Technology, Indiana, 1991.
- "How Could We Ever Believe Science is not Political?"
- Interview with Don Ihde
- "If Phenomenology is an Albatross, is Postphenomenology Possible?"
- "Whole Earth Measurements"
- "Why Not Science Critics?"
- "Expanding Hermeneutics"
Professor Ihde's Philosophical Portraits, February 14, 2012
Paul B. Thompson