Alternative Modernity: The Technical Turn in Philosophy and by Andrew Feenberg

By Andrew Feenberg

During this new number of essays, Andrew Feenberg argues that conflicts over the layout and association of the technical platforms that constitution our society form deep offerings for the long run. A pioneer within the philosophy of know-how, Feenberg demonstrates the continued power of the severe idea of the Frankfurt institution. He calls into query the anti-technological stance typically linked to its theoretical legacy and argues that expertise includes possibilities that may be built because the foundation for another type of glossy society.Feenberg's serious reflections at the principles of J?rgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Jean-Fran?ois Lyotard, and Kitaro Nishida shed new gentle at the philosophical research of know-how and modernity. He contests the everyday notion of expertise as an unstoppable strength responsive simply to its personal inner dynamic and politicizes the dialogue of its social and cultural construction.This argument is substantiated in a sequence of compelling and well-grounded case reports. via his exploration of technology fiction and movie, AIDS learn, the French event with the "information superhighway," and the japanese reception of Western values, he demonstrates how expertise, whilst subjected to public strain and debate, can contain moral and aesthetic values.

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This obvious fact indicates the limits of the neutrality of technology. Of course, the automobile is indifferent to its driver's destination, but not to the infrastructural preconditions it requires to be operated at all. Supplying those preconditions actually reshapes the world in which destinations are chosen, transforming fields and neighborhoods into roadbeds. 1 Our world is in the grip of them, "enframed" in Heidegger's terms. Now it is true that premodern artifacts are occasionally "gigantic" too, for example, late medieval architecture.

As the postmodern age struggles to make the transition out of the technocratic heritage of the twentieth century, this project will appear increasingly as a practical task. Only if we can concretize the issues on the technical terrain will that transition succeed. Only then will we find out what it really means to live and create in a technological society.  Used by permission. Page 19 Chapter Two Marcuse and the Critique of Technology: From Dystopia to Interaction The task to be accomplished is not the conservation of the past, but the redemption of the hopes of the past.

Indeed, far from impeding progress as is sometimes supposed, it might help avoid problems of the sort which currently plague clinical research and nuclear power. At the same time, it would ensure adequate representation of interests that are currently undervalued because they conflict with centralized, elite control of design, such as the interest of workers in an outlet for their skills. The long-term implications of more democratic design are earth-shaking, given the significant imprint of elite control on so many aspects of our society.

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