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Christianity and the Philosophy of Technology in France

  • Daniel Cérézuelle
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Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 29)

Abstract

In the twentieth century, a number of French Christian philosophers have described technology as a civilization process, each one in his own way. A short survey of Jacques Ellul’s, Dominique Chenu’s, Emmanuel Mounier’s and Jean Brun’s major works, shows that their diverging views were rooted in contrasting understandings of the Christian concept of incarnation. The dilemma spiritualization vs incarnation which underpinned their view of technology may still be relevant to understand the uncritical sanctification of technology in this century.

Keywords

Autonomy Disincarnation Incarnation Spiritualization Technological spirit 

Notes

Acknowledgements

A preliminary version of this text has been discussed by Jean-Yves Goffi and Quentin Hardy during the authors’ workshop held in Paris Sorbonne on 22–23 June 2015 in view of the preparation of the collective book.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Cérézuelle
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  1. 1.Programme Autoproduction et Développement Social (PADES)ParisFrance

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