March 24, 2017
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Paul Goodman’s article in the New York Review of Books from 1969 “Can Technology Be Humane?” contains the famous line which has stuck with me for years:
“Whether or not it draws on new scientific research, technology is a branch of moral philosophy, not of science. It aims at prudent goods for the commonweal and to provide efficient means for these goods. At present, however, “scientific technology” occupies a bastard position in the universities, in funding, and in the public mind. It is half tied to the theoretical sciences and half treated as mere know-how for political and commercial purposes. It has no principles of its own.”
I would not say that I agree with Goodman’s rather harsh assessment., but I think he raises the most essential question of what exactly technology does.
March 3, 2017
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The Digital Times
Ye Jeen Soo
■ 2017 Restart Korea
Insights into deep-rooted problems in the Korean economy by foreign experts
Interview with Emanuel Pastreich
professor at Kyunghee University’s International Graduate School
Emanuel Pastreich (Korean name, Lee Man-Yeol • 53) Professor at Kyunghee University’s College of International Studies is a scholar who knows Korea better than Koreans. When we asked about problems in Korean education, he spoke of the strengths of traditional Korean education, strengths found in the remarkable spirit of the ethical Korean scholar (seonbi) and the traditional spirit of community. Pastreich majored in classical Chinese literature at Yale University and received a master`s degree from University of Tokyo and a doctoral degree from Harvard University. Considered an outstanding scholar, he speaks Korean, Chinese and Japanese fluently. Little things like the kindness he demonstrated when to female employee who brought the coffee revealed that he has much internalized that traditional Korean tradition of courtesy.
We asked him about direction of Korea after the political disruption of the presidential impeachment trial when he visited the Digital Times on February 23.
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