Jacques Ellul and the technological society in the 21st by Helena M. Jerónimo, José Luís Garcia, Carl Mitcham

By Helena M. Jerónimo, José Luís Garcia, Carl Mitcham

This quantity rethinks the paintings of Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) at the centenary of his beginning, by way of offering an summary of the present debates in line with Ellul's insights. As probably the most major twentieth-century thinkers approximately expertise, Ellul used to be one of the first thinkers to gain the significance of subject matters akin to globalization, terrorism, conversation applied sciences and ecology, and research them from a Read more...


at the centenary of his start, this e-book re-examines the paintings of Jacques Ellul, proposing present debates in line with his insights, discussing his analysis of recent society, exploring matters he saw Read more...

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With a similar concern for rationality and a similarly dystopian view of the future (although Ellul’s is much more pronounced than Weber’s), one wonders why Ellul apparently did little more than offer passing references to Weber. Their intellectual relationship to one another is even more striking when, in the context of a discussion of McDonaldization, we look at the basic dimensions of rationalization (McDonaldization) and see that they are prominent not only in Weber’s thinking, but also Ellul’s.

Life in such an environment has no meaning. Consider our public transportation, in which man is less important than a parcel; our hospitals, in which he is only a number (1964 [1954]: 4–5, italics added). Dehumanization can be seen as lying at the heart of his contention that: “Men do not need to understand each other in order to carry out the most important endeavors of our times” (1964 [1954]: 132). In terms of disenchantment, he contends that technique has no place for mystery. More striking is a statement about disenchantment, which could have as easily been made by Weber: “Nothing belongs any longer to the realm of the gods and the supernatural.

Ellul, Jacques. 1963. The technological order. In The technological order, ed. Carl Stover, 10–37. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. Ellul, Jacques. 1964. The technological society [English translation of La Technique]. New York: Knopf. Ellul, Jacques, and Robert Theobald. 1965. The technological society: A dialogue. Nation 200: 567–569 Ellul, Jacques. 1968. A técnica e o desafio do século [Portuguese translation of La Technique]. Rio de Janeiro: Paz e Terra. Ellul, Jacques. 1969. La tecnica, rischio del secolo [Italian translation of La Technique].

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