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Critical Theory of Technology Paperback – October 17, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0195068559 ISBN-10: 0195068556

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 17, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195068556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195068559
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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

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Andrew Feenberg is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Applied Communication and Technology Lab. He has also taught for many years in the Philosophy Department at San Diego State University, and at Duke University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Universities of California, San Diego and Irvine, the Sorbonne, the University of Paris-Dauphine, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and the University of Tokyo and the University of Brasilia.

He is the author of Lukacs, Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory (Rowman and Littlefield, 1981; Oxford University Press, 1986), Critical Theory of Technology (Oxford University Press, 1991), Alternative Modernity (University of California Press, 1995), and Questioning Technology (Routledge, 1999). A second edition of Critical Theory of Technology appeared with Oxford in 2002 under the title Transforming Technology. Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of History appeared in 2005 with Routledge. Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity appeared with MIT Press in 2010. Translations of several of these books are available. Dr. Feenberg is also co-editor of Marcuse: Critical Theory and the Promise of Utopia (Bergin and Garvey Press, 1987), Technology and the Politics of Knowledge (Indiana University Press, 1995), Modernity and Technology (MIT Press, 2003), Community in the Digital Age (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004) and (Re)inventing the Internet (2012) . His co-authored book on the French May Events of 1968 appeared in 2001 with SUNY Press under the title When Poetry Ruled the Streets. He has also created the May Events Archive consisting of scanned documents from the events at the Simon Fraser University library. With William Leiss, Feenberg has edited a collection entitled The Essential Marcuse published by Beacon Press. A book on Feenberg's philosophy of technology entitled Democratizing Technology, appeared in 2006.

In addition to his work on Critical Theory and philosophy of technology, Dr. Feenberg has published on the Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro. He is also recognized as an early innovator in the field of online education, a field he helped to create in 1982. He led the TextWeaver Project on improving software for online discussion forums under a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education of the US Department of Education. For the latest web based version of this software, see

His forthcoming book, The Philosophy of Praxis: Marx, Lukács and the Frankfurt School, will be published by Verso Press in 2014

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By Pinto Correia on August 6, 2012
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A great book written by a great thinker. It's a shame there's no translation for Portuguese. I would apreciatte if anyone coul'd nominate me other authors with the same theme, as I will need all the material possivel for my thesis.
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