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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Transforming Technology by Andrew Feenberg. Thoroughly revised, this new edition of Critical Theory of Technology rethinks the relationships between technology, rationality, and democracy, arguing that the degradation of labor--as well as of many environmental, educational, and political systems--is rooted in the social values that preside over technological development.

It contains materials on political theory, bu Thoroughly revised, this new edition of Critical Theory of Technology rethinks the relationships between technology, rationality, and democracy, arguing that the degradation of labor--as well as of many environmental, educational, and political systems--is rooted in the social values that preside over technological development.

It contains materials on political theory, but the emphasis has shifted to reflect a growing interest in the fields of technology and cultural studies. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.

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More filters. Sort order. Feenberg's analysis and critique of theories of technology is strong and tremendously useful: ranging from Marx to Ellul to Marcuse and Foucault, he provides incisive analyses while developing a "critical theory" of technology as a social force. Where Feenberg stumbles, rendering much of the back half of the book somewhat tedious, is in his insistence in the absence of evidence that a socialist transformation of global capitalism from within on the basis of radical uses of technology at the marg Feenberg's analysis and critique of theories of technology is strong and tremendously useful: ranging from Marx to Ellul to Marcuse and Foucault, he provides incisive analyses while developing a "critical theory" of technology as a social force.

Where Feenberg stumbles, rendering much of the back half of the book somewhat tedious, is in his insistence in the absence of evidence that a socialist transformation of global capitalism from within on the basis of radical uses of technology at the margins of the system is possible. Feenberg makes a theoretical case while noting again and again in passing that there is little or no evidence for the actuality, and in fact that user pressures tend towards less, not more, democratic control of technology.

There's an old joke about academics on a desert island trying to figure out how to open their only can of food. The punchline has the economist beginning with, "Assume a can opener Jun 04, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: tech-studies-comps.

In Transforming Technology , Andrew Feenberg proposes and develops a critical theory of technology, drawing on the intellectual tradition of the Frankfurt School, Marx, and Foucault. He critiques the instrumental theory of technology that views technology as neutral tools, and the substantive theory that views technology as a "system that restructures the entire social world as an object of control" Both of these views tend to propose that we limit technology, rather than transform In Transforming Technology , Andrew Feenberg proposes and develops a critical theory of technology, drawing on the intellectual tradition of the Frankfurt School, Marx, and Foucault.

Both of these views tend to propose that we limit technology, rather than transform it 8. According to Feenberg, "Critical theory argues that technology is. On this view, technology is not a destiny but a scene of struggle" Potentiality is central to Feenberg's argument: existing society contains suppressed potentiality for better alternatives 27 and technologies should be opened to a wider array of values He also proposes the term "technical code" to understand "the rule under which technical choices are made in view of preserving operational autonomy i.

These codes classify actions as possible or forbidden and attaches those actions to meanings or purposes to give them explanatory power Nov 27, Mikael Hall rated it liked it. To be honest I didn't read the entire book so take my review with a few grains of salt. I read the parts where he explored the critical theory of Marcuse, Marx and Foucault with some interest. He has an interesting project in mind and seemingly develops it subsequently in later books and works. At the same time I have the feeling that his attempt to combine Critical Theory with STS is not going to pan out nor become as productive as he'd liked.

In the end there are significant differences, even To be honest I didn't read the entire book so take my review with a few grains of salt. In the end there are significant differences, even if he tries to bridge them or smooth them out. And even so, I have a hard time finding his argument persuasive enough. It ends up, in direct negation of his goal of the outset, to go away from the radical, negative critique of the Frankfurt School to some bullshit about democratic interventions for a socialist democracy.

In the end, if you buy the critique of technology, it's far harder to find a way out than just claim that interest groups will make technology less oppressive. And my hopes of finding a more thouroughgoing investigation into the critique of technology turned out to be false, but that's on me not Feenberg in the end.

I guess it's worth a read if you're interested but otherwise I think you'll get more out of reading Marcuse directly. May 25, Dylan rated it liked it. Feenberg wants to build a critical theory of technology that can reconcile industrialism with a non-alienated way of life. I was never convinced by this premise which takes for granted that the path of more technology, more production, more consumption is the only conceivable path forward. Given this presumption, Feenberg meticulously explains how he thinks technology could be transformed toward genuinely socialist ends.

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Readers also enjoyed. About Andrew Feenberg. Andrew Feenberg. A second edition of Critical Theory of Technology appeared with Oxford in under the title Transforming Technology.

Translations of several of these books are available. A book on Feenberg's philosophy of technology entitled Democratizing Technology, appeared in 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 Books by Andrew Feenberg. Related Articles.

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Andrew Feenberg born is an American philosopher. His main interests are philosophy of technology , continental philosophy , critique of technology and science and technology studies. During this time Feenberg was active in the New Left , founding a journal entitled Alternatives and participating in the May '68 events in Paris. Feenberg's primary contribution to the philosophy of technology is his argument for the democratic transformation of technology. From his book Transforming Technology,. The basis of Feenberg's critical theory of technology is a concept of dialectical technological rationality he terms instrumentalization theory. Instrumentalization theory combines the social critique of technology familiar from the philosophy of technology Karl Marx , Herbert Marcuse , Martin Heidegger , Jacques Ellul with insights taken from the empirical case studies of science and technology studies.

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