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


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.


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


The Applied Communication and Technology Laboratory (ACT Lab) is engaged in research on the intersection between communication technology and cultural creation. It brings together graduate students, practitioners and researchers to study a wide variety of applications of advanced technology to education, community, entertainment, and the arts.

Faculty: Andrew Feenberg