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Transforming Technology: A Critical Theory Revisited Paperback – February 6, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0195146158 ISBN-10: 0195146158 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (February 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195146158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195146158
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Feenberg is at 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Brown on January 13, 2012
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This book provides an optimistic outlook on the relationship between people, technologies, society and the environment. It is thorough and sometimes dense with references and academic counterpoints. Feenberg is aware of the risk of abstraction and does his best to ground his ideas in practicalities, but still does not always provide sufficient concrete suggestions about directions forward. There is an unapologetic socialist agenda to Feenberg's project and while this is by no means orthodox or overwhelming his proposals do seem unnecessarily constrained by concerns over class and power struggles at times. The book is well written and reveals a thoughtful and sharp mind at work. Recommended to all concerned with the role of technology in shaping our future.
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