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The Technological Conscience: Survival and Dignity in an Age of Expertise


reviewed by C. A. Bowers 1980

coverTitle: The Technological Conscience: Survival and Dignity in an Age of Expertise
Author(s): Manfred Stanley
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Manfred Stanley's The Technological Conscience: Survival and Dignity in an Age of Expertise is an important contribution to the growing body of literature concerned with the nature and influence of technicism. Lewis Mumford and Jacques Ellul were among the earliest investigators of technology as a social and cultural phenomenon; more recently Jurgen Habermas and Alvin Gouldner have added to our understanding of the ideological nature of technology. Stanley's special contribution to overturning the age of innocence (or is it the age of ignorance?) that characterized our relationship with technology is in the area of language and consciousness. His work, while much richer in terms of intellectual history, is more closely related to the efforts by Peter Berger et al. to examine the cognitive style of technological consciousness in The Homeless Mind. The burgeoning literature on technicism (I shall use that term instead of technology as it encompasses the cognitive, linguistic, cultural,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 82 Number 1, 1980, p. 139-145
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1018, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:51:17 PM

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  • C. Bowers
    University of Oregon
    C.A. Bowers teaches education and social thought at the University of Oregon, Eugene. His publications include several books, among them Cultural Literacy for Freedom (1974). He has just completed a book-length manuscript entitled "Education and the Politics of Cultural Change."
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