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Philosophical Thought

Technocratic Power and Fortunes of Democracy

Samarskaya Elena Aleksandrovna

Doctor of Politics

leading research assistant of the Division of History of Political Philosophy at Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

119019, Russia, Moskovskaya Oblast' oblast', g. Moscow, ul. Volkhonka, 14 stroenie 5

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Abstract: This article is a response to Critique of Technocratic Reason by Marcos Garcia de la Guerta published in Paris in 1996. Marcos Garcia de la Guerta discusses the idea that democracy is needed for overcoming technocratic tendencies. The author makes an assumption that in order to fight technocratic tendencies, it is enough to understand that technology is what makes politics and ideology. As a result, his work does not reflect all the influence of technology on democracy and social life in general. Agreeing with some ideas of Guerta and disagreeing with the others, the author of the given article describes different forms of technocratic reason (that view technology as a neutral device, political and ideological phenomena or an expression of the state institution structure). In this article the author expresses an idea that technocratic reason creates a threat for democracy because it substitutes political demands dictated by human interests with scientific targets. In the end, the author discusses particular ways of confrontation to technocratic reason and technocratic power suggested by Herbert Marcuse, Jacques Ellul, Cornelius Castoriadis and Jürgen Habermas.

Keywords: technoractic reason, science, technology, state institution, democracy, hierarchy, ideology, rational relations, freedom, morals
This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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