Andrew Feenberg


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  • 1973 Ph.D. Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
  • 1965-1967 M.A. Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
  • 1961-1965 B.A. Philosophy, The Johns Hopkins University

Currently Teaching


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Selected Books

  • Technology, Modernity, and Democracy Essays, 2018
  • Critical Theory and the Thought of Andrew Feenber, 2017
  • Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason, Harvard University Press, 2017.
  • (Re)penser la Technique, La Decouverte, 2004.
  • Questioning Technology, Routledge, 1999.
  • French edition: (Re)penser la technique, La Decouverte, 2004.
  • Japanese edition, Gijutsu e no toi, Iwanami Shoten, 2004.
  • Transforming Technology, Second edition of Critical Theory of Technology , Oxford University Press, 2002. Chinese edition: Sichuan Educational Press, forthcoming.
  • Modernity and Technology , Co-edited with Tom Misa and Philip Breij, MIT Press, 2003.
  • Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice , Co-edited with Darin Barney, Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming 2004.
  • Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of Technology , Routledge, forthcoming 2004.


  • “Democratic Rationalization: Technology, Power and Democracy,” in R. Scharff and V. Dusek, eds., Technology and the Human Condition: A Philosophy of Technology Reader, Blackwell, 2002, pp. 652-665.
  • “Alternative Modernity: Playing the Japanese Game of Culture,” Cultural Critique , Winter 1994-1995, pp. 107-138.
  • “Marcuse or Habermas: Two Critiques of Technology,” Inquiry, 39, 1996, pp. 45-70.
  • “Experience and Culture: Nishida’s Path to the ‘Things Themselves’,” Philosophy East and West, vol. 49, no. 1, January 1999, pp. 28-44.
  • “Marcuse and the Aestheticization of Technology,” New Critical Theory: Essays on Liberation, W. Wilkerson and J. Paris, eds., Rowman & Littlefield, 2001, pp. 135-155.
  • “Distance Learning: Promise or Threat,” Crosstalk, Winter 1999, pp. 12-13.
  • “Whither Educational Technology?” International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 11, 2001, pp. 83-91.
  • “From Essentialism to Constructivism: Philosophy of Technology at the Crossroads,” in E. Higgs, D. Strong, and A. Light, eds., Technology and the Good Life . Univ. of Chicago Press, 2000, pp. 294-315.
  • “Post-Utopian Marxism: Lukàcs and the Dilemmas of Organization,” John McCormick, ed., Confronting Mass Technology and Mass Democracy: Essays in Twentieth Century German Political and Social Thought , Duke Univ. Press, 2002, pp. 45-69.
  • “Community Technology and Democratic Rationalization,” with Maria Bakardjieva, The Information Society , no. 18, 2002, pp. 181-192.
  • “Involving the Virtual Subject,” with Maria Bakardjieva, Journal of Ethics and Information Technology , Vol. 2, no. 4, 2001, pp. 233-240. Video available online at Ethics Updates:
  • “Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Reflections on the 20th Century,” Hitotsubashi Journal of Social Studies , vol 33, no. 1, July 2001, pp. 135-142.
  • “Online Education and the Choices of Modernity,” Technology and Cultural Values, University of Hawaii Press, Hershock, Stepaniants and Ames eds.,. pp. 528-547, 2004.
  • “Human Values in the Design and Use of the Internet: Groupware for Community,” with Maria Bakardjieva in Proc. ETHICOMP 2001, Fifth International conference on the Social and Ethical Impacts of Communication Technologies , Bynum, Krawczyk, Rogerson, Szejko,Wizniewski, eds., Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Micom, (2) 22-31.
  • “Facilitation,” with Cindy Xin, Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning , Sage, pp. 163-166, 2004.
  • “Technology in a Global World,” in Exploring Diversity in Philosophy of Science and Technology, R. Figueroa and S. Harding eds., Routledge, 2003, pp. 237-251.
  • “Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of Enlightenment,” in The Legacy of Herbert Marcuse , J. Abromeit, ed., Routledge, 2003, pp. 67-80.
  • “Modernity Theory and Technology Studies: Reflections on Bridging the Gap,” in Modernity and Technology, MIT Press, 2003, pp. 73-104.
  • “User-Centered Internet Research: The Ethical Challenge,” with M. Bakardjieva and J. Goldie. In S. Buchanan, Ed. (ed.) Reading in Virtual Research Ethics: Isssues and Controversies. Hershey, PA: Idea Group, 2003, pp. 338-350.
  • “Virtual Community – No ‘Killer Implication,’” with Maria Bakardjieva, New Media, 6(1), 2004: pp. 37-43.


  • Critical theory of technology
  • Marcuse & Heidegger
  • Technology studies
  • Online community
  • Online education