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Reflections on the Technological Society - Egbert Schuurman

Reflections on the Technological Society - Egbert Schuurman

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Western culture, characterized by science and by modern technology, is in a crisis. This is shown not only by the philosophical reflection on our culture, but also by the many problems facing our culture.

In this brief volume I have collected a number of lectures that attempt to show the spiritual and historical backgrounds of that crisis. These backgrounds are generally ignored, yet they must be examined if we are to find a meaningful perspective for the future.

The first essay is a slightly revised and expanded version of my inaugural lecture at the Technological University of Eindhoven in the fall of 1973; it analyzes the tension in our culture between technocracy and revolution. The second essay deals particularly with the spiritual roots of our environmental crisis. The third essay is a revised version of my inaugural lecture at the technological University of Delft, fall 1975; this essay consists of a critical analysis of the relationship between science and culture.

My aim throughout these essays has been to reduce the dilemma facing our civilization to its basic elements. This will prevent rushing into matters of detail and put us in a position to pose the right questions. It will also stimulate us to seek the only sure basis on which we can begin to solve a major issue that plagues our culture.

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Egbert Schuurman (born 23 July 1937 in Borger (Drenthe)) is a professor of philosophy in the Netherlands, whose teaching is most concerned with exploring and developing Reformational philosophy and its organized expression, the Association for Reformational Philosophy. He studied under Hendrik Van Riessen. Schuurman has three related appointments to External Professorial Chairs, an arrangement with the Dutch government, at the technical state universities of Delft, Eindhoven, and Wageningen (the latter in large part devoted to agriculture). He is also a member of the Dutch Senate, serving currently as the Caucus Chairman for the ChristenUnie party caucus.

He has published numerous books in both Dutch and English in his specialty of the philosophy of technology; by which he means, consistent with Dutch and French conventions, the "science of techniques", as distinguished from what English speakers often refer to as "technology," which French and Dutch speakers would refer to as "technique". Among his works are the following titles, some in Dutch and some in English.
Western culture, characterized by science and by modern technology, is in a crisis. This is shown not only by the philosophical reflection on our culture, but also by the many problems facing our culture.

In this brief volume I have collected a number of lectures that attempt to show the spiritual and historical backgrounds of that crisis. These backgrounds are generally ignored, yet they must be examined if we are to find a meaningful perspective for the future.

The first essay is a slightly revised and expanded version of my inaugural lecture at the Technological University of Eindhoven in the fall of 1973; it analyzes the tension in our culture between technocracy and revolution. The second essay deals particularly with the spiritual roots of our environmental crisis. The third essay is a revised version of my inaugural lecture at the technological University of Delft, fall 1975; this essay consists of a critical analysis of the relationship between science and culture.

My aim throughout these essays has been to reduce the dilemma facing our civilization to its basic elements. This will prevent rushing into matters of detail and put us in a position to pose the right questions. It will also stimulate us to seek the only sure basis on which we can begin to solve a major issue that plagues our culture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egbert_Schuurman

Egbert Schuurman (born 23 July 1937 in Borger (Drenthe)) is a professor of philosophy in the Netherlands, whose teaching is most concerned with exploring and developing Reformational philosophy and its organized expression, the Association for Reformational Philosophy. He studied under Hendrik Van Riessen. Schuurman has three related appointments to External Professorial Chairs, an arrangement with the Dutch government, at the technical state universities of Delft, Eindhoven, and Wageningen (the latter in large part devoted to agriculture). He is also a member of the Dutch Senate, serving currently as the Caucus Chairman for the ChristenUnie party caucus.

He has published numerous books in both Dutch and English in his specialty of the philosophy of technology; by which he means, consistent with Dutch and French conventions, the "science of techniques", as distinguished from what English speakers often refer to as "technology," which French and Dutch speakers would refer to as "technique". Among his works are the following titles, some in Dutch and some in English.

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Egbert Schuurman
Reflections on the
Technological Society
 
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ISBN 0-88906-150-5
© 1977 Wedge Publishing FoundationAll rights reserved
Second Printing 1983
Originally published as follows:
"Between technocracy and revolution": "De kulturele spanning tussen
technokratie en revolutie," translated by Harry Van Dyke
"Reflections on the technological-scientific culture": "Na-denken over de
technisch-wetenschappelijke kultuur," translated by Lammed TenyenhuisFunds for the translation of these essays were provided by the FreeUniversity in Amsterdam
Design: Anthony Goodhoofd Associates
Wedge Publishing FoundationP.O. Box 1000, Jordan Station, Ontario, Canada LOR 1S0
Printed in Canada

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