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Pragmatic Media Philosophy
Foundations of a New Discipline in the Internet Age
by Mike Sandbothe

German original appeared as "Pragmatische Medienphilosophie. Grundlegung
einer neuen Disziplin im Zeitalter des Internet", Weilerswist: Velbr=FCck
Wissenschaft 2001.

The full text is available as a pdf file (1.2MB):

Mike Sandbothe is Professor for Media Philosophy at the Department of
Communication of the Faculty of Humanities at Aalborg University
(Denmark). There he is teaching in the following study programs:
Humanistic Informatics, Culture and Media Studies, ICT and Learning.

Reviews of Pragmatic Media Philosophy:

"Pragmatische Medienphilosophie is a remarkable work of intellectual
synthesis. It offers both a very clear and well-informed account of
recent trends in metaphilosophy and an equally lucid account of the state
of the new discipline of 'media studies'." - Richard Rorty

"The book attempts for the first time to draw up a systematic conception
of media philosophy as a philosophical discipline. Its aim is thus not
only to attain an adequate understanding of the media problematic, but
also =96 in the spirit of the pragmatic perspective to contribute
prospectively in shaping the current media transformation." - Wolfgang

"Mike Sandbothe's Pragmatic Media Philosophy is the attempt innovatively
to link two of the most up-to-date strands of debate in contemporary
philosophy with one another and to explain each in terms of the other:
the neopragmatic discourse (which arose from the crisis of the analytic
project) and philosophical media theory. The result of this undertaking
is convincing." - Ludwig Nagl

"Sandbothe's polemic calls for a reorientation towards a pragmatically
understood active use of reason, one that not only puts forward
sophisticated claims, but is capable of guiding changes. Hence his
investigation is not only a call to reason, but understandably also lays
claim to a position of its own within professional philosophy."  - Lorenz

"Against the standard cultural-studies theses of media and corresponding
technological aprioris Mike Sandbothe rightly emphasizes the need for a
yet-to-be-achieved foundation of media philosophy, and in so doing draws
attention to a fundamental theoretical deficit that of the grounding, of
the legitimacy of the discourse itself. His approach, based on an
extensive survey of the entire media-theoretical landscape, attempts in
particular to develop a dialogue between theoreticist and pragmatic
perspectives." - Dieter Mersch

"Hence philosophy too is attributed a place in the movement which runs
through the whole strategy of pragmatic media philosophy. Philosophy
itself becomes a tool, it is ordered within something larger than itself:
the endeavour to carry forward the project of democracy in search of a
better future." - Jan Janzen

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