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No Escape from the Technosystem?

Susen, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-0643-1891 (2020). No Escape from the Technosystem?. Philosophy & Social Criticism, 46(6), pp. 734-782. doi: 10.1177/0191453719866239


The main purpose of this article is to provide an in-depth review of Andrew Feenberg’s Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017). To this end, the analysis is divided into two parts. The first part gives an overview of its thematic structure and elucidates its key arguments. The second part discusses its most controversial aspects and grapples with its principal weaknesses and limitations. By way of conclusion, the article argues that Feenberg’s book demonstrates the pivotal role that the technosystem plays in shaping contemporary society.

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Additional Information: Susen, S. (2019). No Escape from the Technosystem?. Philosophy & Social Criticism, doi: 10.1177/0191453719866239 Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/0191453719866239.
Publisher Keywords: Andrew Feenberg, critical constructivism, critical theory, function, progress, rationality, reason, social life, technology, technosystem
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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