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The technological system

Author: Jacques Ellul; Joachim Neugroschel; Daniel Cérézuelle; Lisa Richmond
Publisher: Eugene, OR : Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Some 20 years after writing The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul realized how the totalistic dimensions of our modern technological milieu required an additional treatment of the topic. Writing amidst the rise of books in the 1970s on pollution, over-population, and environmental degradation, Ellul found it necessary, once again, to write about the global presence of technology and its far-reaching effects. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Ellul; Joachim Neugroschel; Daniel Cérézuelle; Lisa Richmond
ISBN: 1532615256 9781532615252
OCLC Number: 1042085403
Notes: Previously published by Continuum, 1980.
Description: xvi, 362 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part one : What is technology --
Technology as a concept --
Technology as an environment --
Technology as a determining factor --
Technology as a system --
Part two : The charactersitics of the technological phenomenon --
Autonomy --
Unity --
Universality --
Totalization --
Part three : The characteristics of technological progress --
Self-augmentation --
Automatism --
Causal progression and absence of finality --
The problem of acceleration --
Conclusion : Man in the technological system.
Other Titles: Systeme technicien.
Responsibility: Jacques Ellul ; translated from the French by Joachim Neugroschel ; with a new foreword by Daniel Cerezuelle (translated by Lisa Richmond).

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Some 20 years after writing The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul realized how the totalistic dimensions of our modern technological milieu required an additional treatment of the topic. Writing amidst the rise of books in the 1970s on pollution, over-population, and environmental degradation, Ellul found it necessary, once again, to write about the global presence of technology and its far-reaching effects. The Technological System represents a new stage in Ellul's research. Previously he studied technological society as such; in this book he approaches the topic from a systems perspective wherein he identifies the characteristics of technological phenomena and technological progress in light of system theory. This leads to an entirely new approach to what constitutes the most important event of our society which has decisive bearing on the future of our world. Ellul's analysis touches on all aspects of modern life, not just those of a scientific or technological order. In the end, readers are compelled to formulate their own opinions and make their own decisions regarding the way a technique-based value system affects every level of human life.

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