Technology, Corporations, and Contemporary Globalization: An Ethical and Social Critique

TitleTechnology, Corporations, and Contemporary Globalization: An Ethical and Social Critique
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKlein, S
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Volume25
Issue2
Pagination187-200
Date PublishedFall2011
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0739098X
KeywordsCorporations , free , GLOBALIZATION , NEOLIBERALISM , technology
AbstractThe author explores certain interconnections and commonalities among technology, corporations, and contemporary globalization in order to best understand the dangerous ethical and social consequences that accrue from them. He begins by discussing the notion of means becoming ends. Technology as means and corporate instrumental values tend to become ends-in- themselves. He suggests that technologist's and corporate manager's quantitative methods are ill-equipped to deal with questions of intrinsic value or ends, which are qualitative. Moreover, "development," a key term in globalization discussions, is often defined quantitatively (in economic terms) rather than qualitatively, and argues that this view is too narrow. Next, he discusses limiting autonomy as an important issue common to technology, corporations, and contemporary globalization. Material progress as a goal common to technology, corporations, and contemporary globalization is also considered. Technological mistakes and a neo-liberal, laissez-faire economy are said to be self-corrective, and this feature is used to support the notion of material progress. I argue that this has proved to be too optimistic. In the last section, He uses certain contemporary leadership theorists to criticize Kenneth Galbraith's and Peter Drucker's views on corporate governance by technocratic specialists. . 
NotesKlein, Sherwin 1; Affiliation: 1: Fairleigh Dickinson University; Source Info: Fall2011, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p187; Subject Term: GLOBALIZATION; Subject Term: NEOLIBERALISM; Subject Term: CORPORATIONS; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY -- Economic aspects; Subject Term: FREE enterprise; Number of Pages: 14p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.5840/ijap201125217

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