By Andrew Feenberg
During this new selection of essays, Andrew Feenberg argues that conflicts over the layout and association of the technical structures that constitution our society form deep offerings for the long run. A pioneer within the philosophy of expertise, Feenberg demonstrates the ongoing energy of the severe thought of the Frankfurt university. He calls into query the anti-technological stance in most cases linked to its theoretical legacy and argues that know-how comprises prospects that may be constructed because the foundation for another kind of smooth society.Feenberg's serious reflections at the rules of J?rgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Jean-Fran?ois Lyotard, and Kitaro Nishida shed new mild at the philosophical learn of expertise and modernity. He contests the customary notion of know-how as an unstoppable strength responsive simply to its personal inner dynamic and politicizes the dialogue of its social and cultural construction.This argument is substantiated in a chain of compelling and well-grounded case reviews. via his exploration of technology fiction and picture, AIDS examine, the French event with the "information superhighway," and the japanese reception of Western values, he demonstrates how know-how, while subjected to public strain and debate, can include moral and aesthetic values.
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Page 19 Chapter Two Marcuse and the Critique of Technology: From Dystopia to Interaction The task to be accomplished is not the conservation of the past, but the redemption of the hopes of the past. Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno 1972: xv Prologue: Obstinacy As a Theoretical Virtue Karl Marx considered any merely moral critique of capitalism to be arbitrary. Whole societies cannot be condemned at the whim of the individual critic; they must be measured by the values they effectively strive to realize.
In fact, the whole content of the novel unfolds around it. The novel reveals the bias of the modernization process represented in that move. Kawabata's challenge to the false universality of Western rationality suggests the possibility of an alternative modernity based on certain distinctive values of Japanese culture. Conclusion This introduction has argued that the democratization of technical change reflects potentialities contained in the nature of technology itself. Coupling the technical design process to aesthetic and ethical norms and national identities through new and more democratic procedures is no utopia.
On the contrary, while some sectors of the labor force clearly benefit from recent advances, others stagnate or fall behind in a pattern that promises to reproduce a class-divided society into the foreseeable future, and perhaps to intensify the conflicts to which it gives rise. I take up these problems in chapter 6 in relation to the computerization of society. Here I will also introduce other examples that stretch democratic concerns well beyond these classic problems of control of production.
Alternative Modernity: The Technical Turn in Philosophy and Social Theory by Andrew Feenberg