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The Political Illusion by Jacques Ellul, translated from the French by. Konrad Kellen. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, rxxi, , x pp. $ Walter Kaufman once. In the tradition of Eric Hoffer and Colin Wilson, the author presents a French variant of the honest skeptic who tends to dismiss everyman’s cant in favor of his . Jacques Ellul, historian, theologian, and sociologist, is one of the foremost and widely known contemporary critics of modern technological society. Born in.

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La petite vermillon 9 books. Jacques Ellul, historian, theologian, and sociologist, is one of the foremost and widely known contemporary critics of modern technological society. Life and Human Dignity. Ginevra rated it really liked it Jun 30, The book has had a major impact on the collective consciousness of a society just beginning to recognize the central role and force of technology.

Robert rated it really liked it Aug 29, His theological works, however, provide a more positive perspective and counterpoint to his sociological work. John Lussier rated it it was amazing May 14, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Andrew Goddard added it Apr 08, Biblically speaking, government is simply one of iacques many social structures ordained by God, each with a specific task to do.


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Although influenced strongly by his early reading of the Bible Marx, Ellul has been unable to synthesize Marxist doctrine with Christianity. Although the book is set in the French political and economic tradition and the cases cited are often relevant to contemporary French issues and personalities, its purview is meant to have universal application. In addition, Ellul has been active in the environmental movement ollusion has worked to prevent juvenile delinquency and violence. The message is obvious: Empty Nests in China by: Fm Shipp rated it really liked it Mar jacquee, Phil Nichols rated it really liked it Dec 25, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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In contrast to several recent works that de-cry the flight from politics, the present author laments the politicizing of procedures and relationships that are caricatured and blasphemed by being caught in the political net. They wanted richer, fuller lives. Democratic control of the legislative process is mocked, and even if such exists, the legislature itself is helpless before the administrative state–a bureaucratic skein that replaces real responsibility with technical zealotry.


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Lists with This Book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Matt rated it liked it May 19, The political illusion Vintage books ; V Born in Bordeaux, France, Ellul received a doctorate in the history of law and social pooitical in from the University of Bordeaux.

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The Political Illusion by Jacques Ellul

Marriage, Family, and Society. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dylan marked it as to-read Oct 26, Bronwyn marked it as to-read Dec 31, Bt rated it did not jaccques it Jan 29, Few of his books are overtly political — even though they deal directly with political phenomena — and several of his books, including “Propaganda: