A little philosophy

We is packed with references to ideological and philosophical movements and positions. One way to look at the text is to think about We as a criticism to many of these movements. Learn a little bit more about each of these theorists and movements.


“And at one and the same second we leave for a stroll and go to the auditorium, to the hall for the Taylor exercises, and then to bed”. (Record 3)

“No doubt about it, that Taylor was the genius of antiquity. True, it never finally occurred to him to extend his method over the whole of life, over every step you take right around the clock.” (Record 7)

TASK: Read the following articles and summarise the key features:

Taylorism and Scientific Management Introduced, 1900-1909.” DISCovering U.S. History. Detroit: Gale, 1997. Student Resources in Context. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.

EXTENSION: (only if you are interested in Taylorism and its application in modern economics)

Gray, Kenneth. “Why we will lose: Taylorism in America’s high schools.” Phi Delta Kappan 74.5 (1993): 370+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.

Task: Look back at “your perfect society”. Are there any connections between your thoughts and Taylorism? Would you borrow anything? 

McClaurin, Frauenhofer…

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