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Review of Andrew Feenberg (2017). Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason

Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 235 pp. ISBN 9780674971783 (Hardcover)

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Matthews, A. Review of Andrew Feenberg (2017). Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason. Postdigit Sci Educ 3, 592–600 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-020-00125-4

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