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Technology: Critical History of a Concept

Eric Schatzberg


In modern life, technology is everywhere. Yet as a concept, technology is a mess. In popular discourse, technology is little more than the latest digital innovations. Scholars do little better, offering up competing definitions that include everything from steelmaking to singing. In this book, Eric Schatzberg explains why technology is so difficult to define by examining its three thousand year history. This history has been shaped by persistent tensions between scholars and technical practitioners. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, scholars have tended to hold technicians in low esteem, d ... More

Keywords: concept of technology, history of concepts, history of technology, history of science, social theory, mechanical arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226583839
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226584027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Schatzberg, author
Georgia Institute of Technology