Art and Technics

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Lewis Mumford -architectural critic, theorist of technology, urbanologist, city planner, cultural critic, historian, biographer, and philosopher -was the author of more than thirty influential books, many of which expounded his views on the perils of urban sprawl and a society obsessed with "technics."
Featuring a new introduction by Casey Nelson Blake, this classic text provides the essence of Mumford´s views on the distinct yet interpenetrating roles of technology and the ...
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Overview

Lewis Mumford -architectural critic, theorist of technology, urbanologist, city planner, cultural critic, historian, biographer, and philosopher -was the author of more than thirty influential books, many of which expounded his views on the perils of urban sprawl and a society obsessed with "technics."
Featuring a new introduction by Casey Nelson Blake, this classic text provides the essence of Mumford´s views on the distinct yet interpenetrating roles of technology and the arts in modern culture. Mumford contends that modern man´s overemphasis on technics has contributed to the depersonalization and emptiness of much of twentieth-century life. He issues a call for a renewed respect for artistic impulses and achievements. His repeated insistence that technological development take the Human as its measure -as well as his impassioned plea for humanity to make the most of its "splendid potentialities and promise" and reverse its progress toward anomie and destruction -is ever more relevant as the new century dawns.
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Lewis Mumford was the author of some 30 influential books, many of which expounded his views on the perils of urban sprawl and a society obsessed with "technics." In this classic text first published in 1952, Mumford contends that an overemphasis on technics has contributed to the depersonalization and emptiness of 20th-century life. He issues a call for a renewed respect for artistic impulses and achievements. This edition contains a new introduction by Casey Nelson Blake, professor of history at Columbia University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231121057
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2000
  • Series: Bampton Lectures in America Series
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Mumford (1895-1979) was the author of numerous important books on American culture, technology, architecture, and urban life, including Technics and Civilization (1934); The Culture of Cities (1938); The City in History (1961); Myth of the Machine I: Technics and Human Development (1967); and Myth of the Machine II: Pentagon of Power (1970).Casey Nelson Blake is professor of history and American studies at Columbia University and the author of Beloved Community: The Cultural Criticism of Randolph Bourne, Van Wyck Brooks, Waldo Frank, and Lewis Mumford.

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