Ellul par lui-même
Willem H. Vanderburg. Présentation et notes de Michel Hourcade, Jean-Pierre Jézéquel et Gérard Paul
- Postface : Willem H. Vanderburg
Willem H. Vanderburg a rédigé la postface de ce livre. Directeur du Centre for Technology and Social Development à l'Université de Toronto, il est l'auteur d'ouvrages originaux qui prolongent l'œuvre de Jacques Ellul dans la voie d'une anthropologie culturelle de la technique (dernière publication : Living in the Labyrinth of Technology, University of Toronto Press, 2005).
Il a réalisé les entretiens avec Jacques Ellul qui constituent le présent ouvrage et étaient restés inconnus en France. C'est une occasion unique d'avoir enfin un condensé de la pensée d'Ellul et de son parcours et, surtout de comprendre le lien fort entre les deux volets de son œuvre, sociologique et théologique. Ce clivage qui apparaît mystérieux à beaucoup est ici élucidé.
- La petite vermillon (n° 311)
- Paru le 14/11/2008
- Genres : Essais et documents - La Petite Vermillon
- 200 pages - 110 x 175 mm
- EAN : 9782710330950
- ISBN : 9782710330950
Ellul by Himself
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These interviews realised by Willem H. Vanderburg offer a brilliant synthesis of Jacques Ellul’s reflection devoted to achievements, failures and challanges in our societies during the second part of the twentieth century. They show how visionary this reflection is regarding the evolution of our civilization. They also throw a light on the strong unity between the sociological and the theological constituents of his work.
After a revelation that led him to Christianity and an intensive reading of Marx, Jacques Ellul studied law. He then devoted himself to reflection on the evolution of modern society. He noted the disappearance of rural life and the mechanization of man’s environment. He foresaw the magnitude of this ecological and social “great mutation”.
Considering that technique is the determining factor of modern society, he leads a critique of what he calls “technological tyranny”. He further analyses that technique self-increases, imposing its values of efficiency and technical progress, while denying man’s needs and culture as well as the nature.
Sociology is not his only field. His work is composed of theologian and historian output. Some would also say that he is a philosopher, although he did not define himself as such.
As a militant anarchist whose ideas are close to situationism, but also as a subtle commentator of Marxist thought and excesses, he was instrumental in the establishment of political ecology and reflections on Christian anarchism. He also wrote many theological works on the Gospel’s subversive and liberating aspects and on the “perversion” which the Christian revelation has suffered from. Some of his other works are thoughts on ethics and on hope.
Jacques Ellul can be considered as one of the fathers of the idea of rational economic decay and voluntary simplicity.
“Jacques Ellul, a true thinker” Royaliste
“A kind of clairvoyant who had already predict everything” Réforme
“His writings remained fiery, the prophet’s voice still resonates” La Croix