Living in the Labyrinth of Technology

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Juni 2005



Living in the Labyrinth of Technology argues that the twenty-first century will be dominated by a pattern of re-creating human life in the image of technology unless society intervenes on human (as opposed to technical) terms.


Preface Introduction: Where Are We Going with Technology? Part One: Disconnecting from and Reconnecting to the Earth and the Gods I Industrialization as 'People Changing Technolo&: Disconnecting from and Reconnecting to the Earth
1.1 Revisiting the Process of Industrialization
1.2 The Technology-Based Connectedness of Society
1.3 Living with Materials
1.4 Living with the Economy
1.5 Living Together Socially
1.6 Living Together Politically
1.7 Living with the Law
1.8 Disconnecting from and Reconnecting to the Earth
1.9 Some Implications 2 Industrialization as Technology Changing People': Disconnecting from and Reconnecting to the Gods
2.1 Symbolization and Cultural Moorings
2.2 Symbolization and the Life-Milieu
2.3 Culture as the Symbolic Basis for Individual Life
2.4 Culture as the Symbolic Basis for Collective Life
2.5 Industrialization as Cultural Unfolding
2.6 New Cultural Moorings
2.7 Religion, Morality, and Art
2.8 The First Generation of Industrial Societies 3 Living with New Moorings to the Earth and the Gods
3.1 Serving Technology
3.2 On Becoming Human Resources
3.3 Technology and the Human Journey
3.4 No Detached Observers Part Two: Disconnecting from and Reconnecting to Experience and Culture 4 People Changing Technology: Severing the Cultural Moorings of Traditional Technological Knowing and Doing
4.1 Transcending the Limits of Technological Traditions
4.2 The Destruction of Technological Traditions
4.3 Parallel Modes of Knowing
4.4 The Technological Knowledge of a Society
4.5 A Discontinuous Change in Technological Knowing and Doing 5 Scientific and Technological Knowledge in Human Life
5.1 Scientific Education and Culture
5.2 Contemporary Technological Doing Embedded in Culture
5.3 Contemporary Technological Knowing and Doing in Relation to Culture 6 Adapting to the New Technological Knowing and Doing
6.1 The Emergence of Universal Technology
6.2 Living with a New Economy
6.3 Living in a Mass Society
6.4 Living with a Limitless Politics
6.5 The Intellectual and Professional Division of Labour and the Poverty of Nations Part Three: Our Third Megaproject? 7 Technique and Culture
7.1 The Disenchantment of the World Revisited
7.2 The Invention of Universal Knowledge
7.3 Rationality and Industrialization
7.4 Logic, Artificial Intelligence, and Culture
7.5 On Creating a New Concept 8 Human Life Out of Context
8.1 The Technical Approach to Life
8.2 Sport
8.3 Education
8.4 War
8.5 Commercial and Political Advertising
8.6 Organization
8.7 Agriculture
8.8 Living with the Technical Approach to Life 9 From Experience to Information
9.1 The Roots of the Information Explosion
9.2 Homo Znformaticus and the Information Society
9.3 Technique and Industry
9.4 The Price to Be Paid
9.5 Living with Information 10 Remaking Ourselves in the Image of Technique: Culture within Technique
10.1 Technique as Phenomenon
10.2 Technique as Life-Milieu
10.3 Technique as Consciousness
10.4 Possessed by Technique?
10.5 Technique as System of Non-sense
10.6 Technique as Collective Person
10.7 Living with Non-sense Epilogue Notes Index


Willem H. Vanderburg is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, where he was the founding director of the Centre for Technology and Social Development. He was a NATO post-doctoral fellow under Jacques Ellul from 1973 to 1978 at the University of Bordeaux.


"'Willem H. Vanderburg's work is highly regarded by many, but Living in the Labyrinth of Technology is surely his most important book, Vanderburg compellingly explains how daily life in modern society has evolved to become routinely blind to the forces of authoritarianism and conformity. We learn, painfully, not only how the everyday of modern life fails to question the meaning or ethics of its constructed reality, but why. The book's disturbing explanation cannot comfort readers, but it does offer the chance to reflect on our cultural drift and, just possibly, to realize the need to resurrect normative purposes for our being. A major work.' John Byrne, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware; 'An important contribution to the ongoing debate about where current events are leading us, Living in the Labyrinth of Technology is dense with profound, disturbing, and often surprising insights and connections. Vanderburg's writing is excellent - clear and refreshingly conversational - and he performs an important role in pulling together Jacques Ellul's ideas about technology and technique and updating Ellul's conclusions to the present at a time when the downside of technique seems to be accelerating.' Stuart Dreyfus, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley"
EAN: 9780802048790
ISBN: 080204879X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2005
Seitenanzahl: 539 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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