Aldous Huxley and George Orwell: On the Political Use of Technoscience

Authors

  • Michel Weber

Keywords:

George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Technoscience, Political Power

Abstract

The main bone of contention between A. Huxley and G. Orwell is easy to identify : could or should political power be benevolent. In order to provide a sound answer, three steps are expedient. First, the political contrast drawing a sharp line between Huxley and Orwell is specified. Second, this contrast is shown to be correlated with Huxley's technophilia, as it is the heir of La Boétie and Tocqueville, and with Orwell's technophobia, mainly summoned by the harsh reality of fascist totalitarianism. Third, we evoke the limited way in which Huxley can be said to have changed, in the sixties, his understanding of the relevance of his own dystopia.

Author Biography

Michel Weber

Michel Weber obtained his Ph. D. in Philosophy from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) where he is has been a research fellow. He is currently the director of the Centre de philosophie pratique, Brussels. His research program mainly consists of developing the activities of three networks: the "Chromatiques whiteheadiennes”, the "European William James Project” and the "Whitehead Psychology Nexus”. He is the author of eight monographs and (co-)editor of numerous scientific studies. He also edits the "Chromatiques whiteheadiennes” Series (Ontos Verlag), the Chromatikon Yearbook (Presses universitaires de Louvain) and co-edits the "Process Thought” Series (Ontos Verlag).

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Published

15-09-2019

How to Cite

Weber, M. (2019). Aldous Huxley and George Orwell: On the Political Use of Technoscience. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 15(1), 165–181. Retrieved from https://www.cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/764