Karl Marx and the Three Faces of Technological Determinism

  title={Karl Marx and the Three Faces of Technological Determinism},
  author={Bruce Bimber},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={333 - 351}
  • Bruce Bimber
  • Published 1990
  • Philosophy
  • Social Studies of Science
The literature on Marx reveals conflicting claims about the role of technology in social change. Much of the debate is attributable to confusion over what is meant by `technological determinism' (TD). There are several approaches to this concept: `Norm-Based Accounts' interpret TD as a chiefly cultural phenomenon; `Unintended Consequences Accounts' view it in terms of unexpected social outcomes of technological enterprise. Neither of these two approaches make claims which are strictly… Expand
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