The Technological Society

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The Technological Society

Jacques Ellul


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As insightful and wise today as it was when originally published in France in 1954, Jacques Ellul’s The Technological Society has become a classic in its field, laying the groundwork for all other studies of technology and society that have followed.

Ellul offers a penetrating analysis of our technological civilization, showing how technology—which began innocuously enough as a servant of humankind—threatens to overthrow humanity itself in its ongoing creation of an environment that meets its own ends. No conversation about the dangers of technology and its unavoidable effects on society can begin without a careful reading of this book.


Jacques Ellul:

Jacques Ellul (1912–1994) was a French philosopher and Christian anarchist. He served for many years as professor of history and the sociology of institutions at the University of Bordeaux. Although he was trained as a sociologist, he is considered a philosopher with a particular interest in technology and the possibility of technological tyranny. He is said to have coined the phrase “Think globally, act locally.” Among his books are Propaganda, The Political Illusion, The Theological Foundation of Law, The Meaning of the City, and many others.