The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul, ISBN-13: 978-0394703909


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The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul, ISBN-13: 978-0394703909

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Extensive Underlining edition (January 1, 1964)
  • Language: English
  • 449 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0394703901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394703909


A penetrating analysis of our technical civilization and of the effect of an increasingly standardized culture on the future of man.

As insightful and wise today as it was when originally published in 1954, Jacques Ellul’s The Technological Society has become a classic in its field, laying the groundwork for all other studies of technology and society that have followed.

Ellul offers a penetrating analysis of our technological civilization, showing how technology—which began innocuously enough as a servant of humankind—threatens to overthrow humanity itself in its ongoing creation of an environment that meets its own ends. No conversation about the dangers of technology and its unavoidable effects on society can begin without a careful reading of this book.

Jacques Ellul was a French philosopher and Christian anarchist. He served as professor of history and the sociology of institutions on the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences at the University of Bordeaux for many years. Although he was trained as a sociologist, Ellul is considered a philosopher with a particular interest in technology and the possibility of technological tyranny. He is said to have coined the phrase “Think globally, act locally.” Among his books are Propaganda, The Political Illusion, The Theological Foundation of Law, The Meaning of the City, and many others. Jacques Ellul passed away in 1994 at the age of 82.

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