technique, technics, technology

Submitted by Dumai in anticiv

"Probably, the most workable approach for our purposes would be to suggest a provisional definition of these terms, considering technique to be that procedural instrumentality . . . which is shared by all human societies but which is not necessarily identical in its motives or its role in those societies; technics to be technical operations using tools or machines . . .; and technology to be the rationalization or science of techniques . . . , the geometric linking together, systematization and universalization of technical instrumentality and applied science within society, which brings to light its emergence as an autonomous power and social body."

  • George Bradford


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Dumai OP wrote (edited )

technique: instrumentality; a social relation and a social consciousness. brings technics into relation with society. under capitalism, universalised. escapes its limits and aims at maximising efficiency.

technics: what would otherwise pass as the dictionary definition of technology. "tools and machines".

technology: the universalisation, systematisation of technique. technics integrated into society to the degree that technical instrumentality gains a certain quasi-autonomy.


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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I like this definition.

Not to Deleuze this again, but rewriting the definition of technology here in his terms (seems like it) would be "transcendent use of technique".

So, something not emergent from context; universalised from some outside


Dumai OP wrote

how DARE you come into my post and deleuze all over me again


Tequila_Wolf wrote

Trying not to be that person :D but he's just so useful!

Also I'd be absolutely fascinated to see someone square Deleuze with Christianity.