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Man and Technology: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life is a short book by Oswald Spengler, in which the author discusses a critique of technology and industrialism. It was published as Der Mensch und die Technik in Munich in 1931.

The principal idea in the work is that many of the Western world's great achievements may soon become spectacles for our descendants to marvel at, as we do with the pyramids of Egypt or the baths of Rome.[1] Spengler especially pointed to the tendency of Western technology to spread to hostile "Colored races" which would then use the weapons against the West.[2] In Spengler's view, western culture will be destroyed from within by materialism, and destroyed by others through economic competition and warfare.

ISBN 0-89875-983-8, ISBN 0-8371-8875-X and ISBN 0-9519588-0-1


  1. ^ Gimpel, Jean. The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages. Penguin Books, 1976, p. vii.
  2. ^ Hughes, H. Stuart (1991-01-01). Oswald Spengler. Transaction Publishers. ISBN 9781412830348. 

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