Jacques Ellul on the Frankenstein Phenomenon

Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.

Not even the moral conversion of the technicians could make a difference. At best, they would cease to be good technicians. In the end, technique has only one principle, efficient ordering.

— Probably from The Technological Society

go here if you need an intro to Ellul… there is amazingly little about him on the web.  His books also are strangely valued: his best is “The Ethics of Freedom”, which nobody seems to notice.  It would be among the 10 books I’d want on a desert island.

3 thoughts on “Jacques Ellul on the Frankenstein Phenomenon

  1. I know very little about the bickering between French sociologists in the 60’s….so a good portion of Ellul’s political writing is lost on me.

    That said, Ellul is almost too insightful.

    Although he rambles and his books have been butchered in translation to English, his analytical abilities are quite powerful.

    The Technological Society and The Political Illusion are my favorites.

  2. I agree he ‘rambles” — I always thought he wrote like someone just thinking out loud. I guess that can be bad or good, and in Ellul’s case, the thinking is so good the lack of editing is easy to ignore.

    I confess, I never could get through The Technological Society.

    Thanks for dropping by!

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