Feenberg argues that the emergence of human communication on the Internet and the environmental movement offer abundant examples of public interventions that have reshaped technologies originally designed for different purposes. This volume includes chapters on citizenship and critical theory of technology, philosophy of technology and modernity, and Heidegger and Marcuse, two of the most prominent philosophers of technology.
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The Politics of Meaning: Andrew Feenberg has done more than anyone else to develop a critical constructivism that ensures the relevance of critical theory to technology studies in the 21 st century. This impressive collection of essays shows why Feenberg is rightly regarded as the leading expert on science and technology studies writing today.
Having participated in pioneering developments in medical research protocols, on-line education platforms, and digital information systems, he brings a profound critical awareness to the social politics informing the democratization of science and technology in the age of economic domination. Conservatives will reject this work on ideological grounds, whereas those on the left, while agreeing with his presentation, will think that by sidestepping the important issues, Feenberg left out essentials. Marx understood that true theory must be capable of advancing practice.
In this sense Feenberg's title is a misnomer and the book would be better labeled Critical Ideology of Technology. Skip to main content. Social Science Computer Review.
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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,. Feenberg provides the theoretical foundation for this idea through the Critical Theory of Technology which he develops over three books: The basis of Feenberg's critical theory of technology is a concept of dialectical technological rationality he terms instrumentalization theory.