We live in an age when the dominant technologically utilitarian worldview is undergoing a transformation. To increase our awareness of this change, Turning Toward Technology introduces readers to the possibility of an alternative technological worldview by examining foundational concepts to Asian thought.

The early Eastern philosophical treatment of technology was not ethical, but ontological, exhibiting sensitivity to how human existence was defined and determined in its relation to technology and to reality as a whole. Within the Eastern cultural orientation, technological development was guided by a singular aesthetic sensibility to the useful, the good, the beautiful, the true, and the holy. Instead of controlling the shape of future technology by systems of rational management, George Teschner and Alessandro Tomasi recommend a view of technology that arises from questioning fundamental assumptions within Western culture about knowledge, reality, and human nature.

Turning Toward Technology aims to stimulate awareness of an alternative technological paradigm, and thus a different mode of social action that can establish an optimistic future for global civilization.

chapter |24 pages

Introduction: Turning Toward

chapter 1|29 pages

The Western Technological Paradigm

chapter 2|27 pages

Cook Ting Uses a Bladeless Knife

chapter 3|29 pages

Bow and Arrow without the Archer

chapter 4|35 pages

The Lucky Leader

chapter 5|31 pages

Śūnyatā as Technological Intimacy

chapter |6 pages