Marx and Technology


  • Joseph I. Fernando


Karl Marx, Industrial Revolution


Karl Marx had spent more than three decades (1849-1883) in
England, the land of the Industrial Revolution. Steeped in philosophy
and political economy, Marx became more and more aware of the
exploitative nature of capitalism. He was committed to the discovery of
an alternative to capitalism which would be in keeping with the worth
and dignity of human persons. Marx’s attention was drawn to technology
as technology in the hands of capitalists led to greater exploitation of
workers. Marx was certainly a pioneer in the philosophy of technology.
His painstaking analysis of the relation between the machinery and the
worker and a host of other revelations concerning the use of machinery
in the capitalist system are impressive. This article is an attempt to
understand Marx’s philosophy of technology.

Author Biography

Joseph I. Fernando

Assumption University of Thailand