Andrew Feenberg

Director, ACT Lab

Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology and Professor with the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Since 2003 Andrew Feenberg has been Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology in the School of Communication of Simon Fraser University. He was previously professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University from 1969-2003 with some interruptions for visiting appointments at Duke University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Universities of California, San Diego and Irvine, the Sorbonne (Paris I), the University of Paris-Dauphine, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the University of Tokyo, Harvey Mudd College, and Santa Clara University.

Dr. Feenberg is the author of Lukács, Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory (Rowman and Littlefield, 1981, Oxford University Press, 1986), Critical Theory of Technology (Oxford University Press, 1991),Alternative Modernity (University of California Press, 1995), Questioning Technology (Routledge, 1999), and Heidegger and Marcuse (Routledge, 2005)A second edition of Critical Theory of Technology appeared with Oxford in 2002 under the title Transforming Technology.

Translations of several of these books are available. Critical Theory of Technology has appeared in a Japanese Edition with Hosei University Press in 1995. Questioning Technology was published in Italian as La Tecnologia in discussione by ETAS in 2002 and appeared in Japanese with Iwanami Press in 2003 and in French as [Re]penser la technique with La Découverte in 2004. An abridged version ofQuestioning Technology appeared with the Scandinavian University Press in Norwegian in 1999. A Chinese translation of Alternative Modernity appeared in 2003. Transforming Technology appeared in Chinese in 2005.

Dr. Feenberg is also co-editor of Marcuse: Critical Theory and the Promise of Utopia (Bergin and Garvey Press, 1988), Technology and the Politics of Knowledge (Indiana University Press, 1995),Modernity and Technology (MIT Press, 2003), Community in the Digital Age (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), and The Essential Marcuse (Beacon, 2007). His co-authored book on the French May Events of 1968 appeared in 2001 with SUNY Press under the title When Poetry Ruled the Streets.

Dr. Feenberg is one of the six philosophers discussed in Hans Achterhuis, ed. American Philosophy of Technology (Indiana University Press, 2001). A book on Dr. Feenberg’s work entitled Democratizing Technology: Building on Andrew Feenberg’s Philosophy of Technology was published by the State University of New York Press., T. Veak ed., in 2006. A special issue of Social Epistemology on Dr. Feenberg’s philosophy of technology is forthcoming in the fall of 2007.

In addition to his work on Critical Theory and philosophy of technology, Dr. Feenberg has published on the Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro. He is also recognized as an early innovator in the field of online communication. He has done research on online community for the National Science Foundation and on online education for the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Andrew Feenberg was born in New York in 1943. He currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.