The Technological Society

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"...He goes through one human activity after another and shows how it has been technicized, rendered efficient, and diminished in the process."- Harper's Magazine

"...He goes through one human activeity after another and shows how it has been technicized, rendered efficient, and diminished in the process." --Harper's Magazine

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Overview

"...He goes through one human activity after another and shows how it has been technicized, rendered efficient, and diminished in the process."- Harper's Magazine

"...He goes through one human activeity after another and shows how it has been technicized, rendered efficient, and diminished in the process." --Harper's Magazine

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"Jacques EIlul is a French sociologist, a Catholic layman active in the ecumenical movement, a leader of the French resistance in the war, and — one is tempted to add, after reading his book -a great man. Certainly he has written a magnificent book. ... The translation by John Wilkinson is excellent.

"With monumental calm and maddening thoroughness he goes through one human activity after another and shows how it has been technicized — rendered efficient — and diminished in the process.... "

— Paul Pickrel, Harper's

"The Technological Society is one of the most important books of the second half of the twentieth century. In it, Jacques Ellul convincingly demonstrates that technology, which we continue to conceptualize as the servant of man, will overthrow everything that prevents the internal logic of its development, including humanity itself — unless we take the necessary steps to move human society out of the environment that 'technique' is creating to meet its own needs."

— Robert Theobald, The Nation

"...The effect is a contained intellectual explosion, a heated recognition of a tragic complication that has overtaken contemporary society."

— Scott Buchanan, George Washington Law Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394703909
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1967
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 486,719
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    An Apocalyptic Condemnation of Modernity and its Falsities

    This book will change your views on modern societies'quest for Technical Utopia. Ellul brilliantly describes how the proponents of Technique or Technology have and would continue to gradually attack and co-opt man's traditional quest for transcendence and existential meaning in society. For a Technical Rationalism that corrodes and eventually destroys the historical consciousness of western society. As a consequence to this profound usurpation modern man would become a creature ever more dependent and victimized by the increasingly rational, totalitarian techno-beaurocratic state. NOTE>Ellul emphasized western society in his study but held that the changes would spread to other continents.

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