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By Andrew Feenberg

During this new choice of essays, Andrew Feenberg argues that conflicts over the layout and association of the technical structures that constitution our society form deep offerings for the long run. A pioneer within the philosophy of expertise, Feenberg demonstrates the ongoing energy of the serious concept of the Frankfurt university. He calls into query the anti-technological stance ordinarily linked to its theoretical legacy and argues that know-how includes prospects which may be constructed because the foundation for another type of smooth society.Feenberg's serious reflections at the rules of J?rgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Jean-Fran?ois Lyotard, and Kitaro Nishida shed new mild at the philosophical learn of know-how and modernity. He contests the accepted perception of expertise as an unstoppable strength responsive merely to its personal inner dynamic and politicizes the dialogue of its social and cultural construction.This argument is substantiated in a sequence of compelling and well-grounded case experiences. via his exploration of technology fiction and movie, AIDS study, the French adventure with the "information superhighway," and the japanese reception of Western values, he demonstrates how know-how, whilst subjected to public strain and debate, can contain moral and aesthetic values.

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The match symbolizes the confrontation between the old Japan and the new. From the constructivist standpoint the match is emblematic of the cultural specificity of Western modernity. It turns on a single move which, like a scientific fact or technical device, appears to be purely rational. But that move can be intepreted at many levelsstrategically, but also socially, historically, aesthetically. In fact, the whole content of the novel unfolds around it. The novel reveals the bias of the modernization process represented in that move.

Owners of corporations, military bureaucrats, and the professional organizations of technologists have far more influence over it than ordinary citizens. For the most part it is they, not we, who determine technical codes. I will return to this problem of the "operational autonomy" of elites in chapter 4. At this point a clarification is in order: I do not argue that these currently dominant groups obstruct technical progress to further their own interests. It would be more accurate to say that they channel progress in a particular direction compatible with those interests.

185 Conclusion 192 9. Alternative Modernity? Playing the Japanese Game of Culture 193 Games as Rational Systems 193 The Rules of the Game 194 The Way of Go: Autonomy and Reflection 196 No-Mind: The Structure of Conflict 198 The Pattern Disturbed 200 Metarules: Etiquette or Equity 203 Layers of Meaning 207 Aestheticism, East and West 210 Cultural Genealogy 213 The Culture of Place 215 Place and Alternative Modernity 218 10. Conclusion: Culture and Modernity 221 The Critique of Modernity 221 Hybrid Realities 224 Types of Design 226 From Unity to Diversity 230 References 233 Index 247 Page ix PREFACE This book concerns the emergence of a new radical critique of technology in philosophy and culture since the 1960s.

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