Machiavelli’s politics and critical theory of technology

Date

2009

Authors

Harding, Brian

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Publisher

Argumentos de Razón Técnica: Revista Española de Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad

Abstract

This paper has four major parts. First is a discussion of the critical theory of technology offered by Andrew Feenberg in his book, Questioning Technology. I argue that Feenberg’s theory is similar, in important respects, to the political theory of Machiavelli and that consequently, a comparison of the political philosophy of Machiavelli is possible. Second, I discuss the political philosophy of Machiavelli, in particular his description of the foundation of society. Third I discuss the relationship between virtue and the natural world according to Machiavelli. Fourth, I argue that this comparison reveals problems for the critical theory of Feenberg. Feenberg wants a politics and technology of liberation and Machiavelli shows that politics (and also technology) is always linked to coercion.

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Article originally published in Argumentos de Razón Técnica: Revista Española de Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad, y Filosofía de La Tecnología, 12, 35. English. Published online 2009. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/51385486.pdf

Keywords

Coercion, Critical theory, Feenberg, Machiavelli, Technology, Politics, Virtue

Citation

This is a published version of an article that is available at https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/51385486.pdf. Recommended citation: Harding, B. (2009). Machiavelli’s Politics and Critical Theory of Technology. Argumentos de Razón Técnica: Revista Española de Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad, y Filosofía de La Tecnología, 12, 35. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.