Nihilism and Technology

Rather than engaging in endless debates about whether technologies are us making us better or worse, Nihilism and Technology investigates what we think “better” and “worse” mean, and what role this thinking has played in the creation of our technological world. The book’s investigation utilises Nietzsche’s philosophy of nihilism in order to explore the ways in which our values mediate how we design technologies and how we use technologies.

In this interview, author Nolen Gertz speaks with Commissioning Editor Isobel Cowper-Coles on the research and theory behind the book, drawing upon real world examples and experiences – from the Zuckerberg trial to the implications of using technology to teach philosophy of technology.

The interview is available as both a film and a transcript, which can be read online on Colloquium. To read the interview in full, click here.