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“Technology, Society, Change” – A Symposium on Andrew Feenberg’s Critical Theory of Technology

March 25th, 2011 | Posted by Yoni Van Den Eede in Events

Andrew Feenberg is one of the leading theorists in the contemporary Philosophy of Technology. His widely acclaimed work on the social-political embedment of technologies incorporates insights from sources as various as Marcuse, Marx, Habermas, Heidegger, Latour, and Social Constructivism of Technology, resulting in a completely original outlook on technology and its societal dynamics known as ‘Instrumentalization Theory.’ In this view, technologies are socially and historically constructed, but in the end have a power-consolidating function for the ruling groups. Yet this is but one side of the story. Individual actors or interest groups can enforce changes to technologies by way of re-appropriation, demanding design changes, or political action. This very possibility of democratization rekindles the potential for social change.

At the symposium, several national and international philosophers of technology engage a conversation with Andrew Feenberg and his work, about issues as the democratization and politics of technology; development, history, and impact of technology; the form and scope of public debate around technologies; the workings of technological decision-making; et cetera.

Speakers: Andrew Feenberg, Graeme Kirkpatrick, Peter-Paul Verbeek, Gert Goeminne, Karl Verstrynge, Yoni Van Den Eede.

Conference website: http://www.vub.ac.be/FILO/AndrewFeenberg/