Art and Tchnics Author:Lewis Mumford ART AND TECHNICS — by Lewis Mumford — This book contains the essence of Lewis Mumford's famous philosophy. "Art and Technics" traces the relationship, throughout history, between two conflicting impulses within man: the artistic, which is subjective, and the 'technical,' which is objective. Mr. Mumford analyzes perceptively the present state of ... more »this relationship, with its overemphasis on technics. Finally, he strongly urges a renewal of personal initiative.
Mr. Mumford asserts that the present worship of machines and the exaltation of objectivity contribute to the depersonalization and emptiness of much of twentieth-century life. He asks us to acknowledge the part of life which has purpose and value, to admit the existence of man's inextinguishable spirit.
"Art and Technics" is a passionate plea for man to make the most of his 'splendid potentialities and promise.' Mr. Mumford maintains that if each of us seeks within himself the seeds for spiritual rebirth, we shall reverse the terrifying steps already taken toward world annihilation.« less