Critical Theory of Technology

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The theme of this treatise is the possibility of a radical reform of industrial society. It is widely thought that modern society is condemned by its own technical rationality to authoritarian management and mindless work. This book challenges that assumption and reconceptualizes the relation of technology, rationality and democracy. The author argues that the degradation of labour, as well as many environmental, educational and political problems, are rooted in the social values that preside over technological development. Reforms that ignore this fact will fail, including such currently popular notions as simplifying life and supporting spiritual values while leaving technology essentially unchanged.

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Andrew Feenberg, Professor of Philosophy, San Diego State University.

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"Excellent. It's good to see an academic philosospher engage a real world issue as critical in our time as the interaction of technology with society."--Jesse S. Tatum, Michigan Technological University


"Lucid, provocative, and gracefully written, Andrew Feenberg's new book explores the complex interpenetration of technology, economics, and culture. It suggests creative ways to tame the technological juggernaut and to produce a more just, humane society for the century just ahead."--Langdon Winner, author of The Whale and the Reactor


"Critical Theory of Technology provides a superb...presentation of the various positions in debates over technology, capitalism, and socialism; brilliant applications of the tradition of Critical Theory to these issues; and original and innovative analyses of Feenberg's own."--Douglas Kellner, University of Texas, Austin


"A compelling argument for technological change based on a careful and lucidly written anatomy of the cultural, political, and economic values and practices underlying modern capitalism and socialism."--James O'Connor, University of California, Santa Cruz


"Timely. The book is appropriate and recommended reading for managers and bureaucrats. It provides perspective. It offers ideas to consider in attemptin to discover alternative directions societies and workplaces could take in this decade to address issues and solve problems. The book is appropriate for an academic study of technology and society, or for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course on computers and society. The book is also appropriate for workers in technology." --Computing Reviews


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