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Philosophy of Engineering and Technology

Pierre Musso and the Network Society

From Saint-Simonianism to the Internet

Editors: Garcia, José Luís (Ed.)

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  • ​Presents a lively examination of how the Internet is re-enchanting societies and daily life
  • Debates the bases of generalised computerisation of society and economy
  • Covers a range of contemporary perspectives based on Musso’s critical philosophy on network society
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This book is devoted to discussion of the views of Pierre Musso and starts with a central chapter written by Musso, entitled  Network Ideology: from Saint-Simonianism to the Internet . Pierre Musso is a French philosopher and is one of the most original thinkers in the history of the network society. His thought develops a critique of information and communication technologies through their imaginary and social representations and of the information society, based on the network metaphor.

The main question on which Musso has focused his attention is how the network metaphor is one of the most powerful ways of understanding the complex societies in which we live. Showing characteristic attention to detail, and drawing on the history of ideas, political philosophy and sociology, Musso traces the genealogy of the network imaginary, and points out that it did not emerge with the Internet. He shows how its modern roots can be found in Henri de Saint-Simon and his disciples, engineers and entrepreneurs such as Michel de Chevalier, and Barthélemy Prosper Enfantin, who developed channel networks, railroads, and the telegraphic network in France in the nineteenth century. In addition to the central piece written by Musso, the book includes a general introduction and six commentaries from experts on information technologies and networks. It displays a wide range of perspectives from a diverse set of authors in terms of nationalities and universities, as well as disciplinary backgrounds.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Towards a Critical Philosophy of Networks – Reflections on the Perspective of Pierre Musso

    Pages 1-18

    Garcia, José Luís

  • Network Ideology: From Saint-Simonianism to the Internet

    Pages 19-66

    Musso, Pierre

  • Network, Utopia and Fetishism

    Pages 67-82

    Subtil, Filipa (et al.)

  • Retiology as Ideological Determinism in the Media: A Political Economy Perspective

    Pages 83-101

    Fernández-Quijada, David

  • History, Philosophy, and Actuality of the Utopian View of Technology: On Pierre Musso’s Critique of Network Ideology

    Pages 103-129

    Dorrestijn, Steven

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pierre Musso and the Network Society
Book Subtitle
From Saint-Simonianism to the Internet
Editors
  • José Luís Garcia
Series Title
Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Series Volume
27
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45538-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45538-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-45536-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83315-6
Series ISSN
1879-7202
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 213
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