The Man and his Work

A Technique to Control Technique

We are all concerned with technique, its evolution and its role, for whether we like it or not, it constitutes an increasingly important part of our lives. Thus it is much in the news, and some of its forms are studied through a discipline which is called technology, for the same reasons that the study of the zoon or animal is called zoology. Unlike zoology, however, which covers all studies related to animals, technology does not cover the study of all techniques. The technique of administration, for example, is studied by management, not by technology. This phenomenon is due to the fact that while we can all agree more or less on what an animal is, we cannot easily agree on what a technique is.

From Main Currents in Modern Thought, May-June 1966, vol. 22, no. 5, 5 fig.