From Technological Autonomy to Technological Bluff: Jacques Ellul and Our Technological Condition

Human Affairs 25 (4):460-470 (2015)
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The work of Jacques Ellul is useful in understanding and evaluating the implications of rapidly changing technologies for human values and democracy. Ellul developed three powerful theses about technology: technological autonomy, technological determinism, and technological bluff. In this essay, the authors explicate these views of technology, and place the work of Ellul in dialogue with the ides of other important theorists of technology. Ellul’s too-often overlooked theses about technology are relevant to our present technological society.

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Toward a Philosophy of Technology.Hans Jonas - 1979 - Hastings Center Report 9 (1):34-43.
The Enduring Dilemmas of Autonomous Technique.Langdon Winner - 1995 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 15 (2-3):67-72.

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