Art and Technics by Lewis MumfordArt and Technics by Lewis Mumford

Art and Technics

byLewis MumfordForeword byCasey Nelson Blake

Paperback | November 1, 2000

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Featuring a new introduction by Casey Nelson Blake, this classic text provides the essence of Mumford's views on the distinct yet interpenetrating roles of technology and the arts in modern culture. Mumford contends that modern man's overemphasis on technics has contributed to the depersonalization and emptiness of much of twentieth-century life. He issues a call for a renewed respect for artistic impulses and achievements. His repeated insistence that technological development take the Human as its measure-as well as his impassioned plea for humanity to make the most of its "splendid potentialities and promise" and reverse its progress toward anomie and destruction-is ever more relevant as the new century dawns.

Lewis Mumford (1895-1979) was the author of numerous important books on American culture, technology, architecture, and urban life, including Technics and Civilization (1934); The Culture of Cities (1938); The City in History (1961); Myth of the Machine I: Technics and Human Development (1967); and Myth of the Machine II: Pentagon of ...
Title:Art and TechnicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:178 pages, 8.75 × 1 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2000Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231121059

ISBN - 13:9780231121057

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Hear the viewpoint of the role of technology and the arts in modern culture from a critic, city planner and philosopher who’s written more than 30 books. Lewis Mumford deals with the issue that modern society has an obsession with the convenience of technology, resulting in the emptiness of the 20th century. Mumford believes that this lack of personal involvement in our culture has caused disengagement and even suffering — and needs rectification as we enter the even more technologically driven 21st century. Read more about the author’s fascinating views on society in the timely critique, Art and Technics.