Philosophy of Engineering and Technology

Jacques Ellul and the Technological Society in the 21st Century

Editors: Jerónimo, Helena M., Garcia, José Luís, Mitcham, Carl (Eds.)

  • State of the art overview of the role of technology in society
  • Presents Ellul's legacy for the understanding of the technological society in the 21st century
  • Contains specific cases on Nuclear Risk and Ecological modernization ​
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This volume rethinks the work of Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) on the centenary of his birth, by presenting an overview of the current debates based on Ellul's insights. As one of the most significant twentieth-century thinkers about technology, Ellul was among the first thinkers to realize the importance of topics such as globalization, terrorism, communication technologies and ecology, and study them from a technological perspective.

The book is divided into three sections. The first discusses Ellul’s diagnosis of modern society, and addresses the reception of his work on the technological society, the notion of efficiency, the process of symbolization/de-symbolization, and ecology. The second analyzes communicational and cultural problems, as well as threats and trends in early twenty-first century societies. Many of the issues Ellul saw as crucial – such as energy, propaganda, applied life sciences and communication – continue to be so. In fact they have grown exponentially, on a global scale, producing new forms of risk.

Essays in the final section examine the duality of reason and revelation. They pursue an understanding of Ellul in terms of the depth of experience and the traditions of human knowledge, which is to say, on the one hand, the experience of the human being as contained in the rationalist, sociological and philosophical traditions. On the other hand there are the transcendent roots of human existence, as well as “revealed knowledge,” in the mystical and religious traditions. The meeting of these two traditions enables us to look at Ellul’s work as a whole, but above all it opens up a space for examining religious life in the technological society.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction: Ellul Returns

    Jerónimo, Helena Mateus (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • How The Technological Society Became More Important in the United States than in France

    Mitcham, Carl

    Pages 17-34

  • The Technological Society: Social Theory, McDonaldization and the Prosumer

    Ritzer, George

    Pages 35-47

  • Are We Still Pursuing Efficiency? Interpreting Jacques Ellul’s Efficiency Principle

    Son, Wha-Chul

    Pages 49-62

  • Technological Acceleration and the “Ground Floor of Civilization”

    Cérézuelle, Daniel

    Pages 63-72

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jacques Ellul and the Technological Society in the 21st Century
Editors
  • Helena M. Jerónimo
  • José Luís Garcia
  • Carl Mitcham
Series Title
Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6658-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6658-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6657-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9693-5
Series ISSN
1879-7202
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 262
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