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Graeme Kirkpatrick

the long-term historical concerns of such essentialist philosophies of technology. Feenberg has stated that the normative or critical imperatives of his theory are in fact grounded here, writing that ‘aesthetics provides the normative basis for the reconstruction of technological rationality’ (Feenberg 2005 : xv). Section 1 places Feenberg’s ideas about aesthetics in the context of his technical politics, positioning them within his critical version of constructivism as part of the codification of technology – a process that includes technology’s ‘neutral

in Technical politics
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Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, Stelios Stavridis, and Kostas Ifantis

perspective of EU polity-building. Such an analysis will help us link the theoretical findings of Chapter 2 with the more detailed examination of recent treaty reforms, as epitomised in the Amsterdam and Nice outcomes, respectively (Chapters 3 and 4). It will also provide the analytical framework and normative basis from which we may develop a more penetrating understanding of the evolutionary nature of the integration process in general, and the qualitative transformation of the regional system from a policyoriented enterprise to a transnational polity: a system of

in Theory and reform in the European Union