The booklet expresses the conviction that the artwork of making instruments – Greek techne – changes its character together with the swap of civilization epochs and co-determines such alterations. this doesn't suggest that instruments ordinary for a civilization epoch make sure it thoroughly, yet they modify our approach of perceiving and examining the realm. There could have been many such epochs within the historical past of human civilization (much greater than the three waves of agricultural, commercial and knowledge civilization). this is often expressed by way of the name Technen of the booklet, the place n denotes a next civilization epoch.
During final fifty years we saw a decomposition of the outdated episteme (understood as a manner of constructing and reading wisdom attribute for a given civilization epoch) of modernism, which was once an episteme regular for business civilization. this present day, the realm is another way understood via the representatives of 3 diversified cultural spheres: of strict and traditional sciences; of human and social sciences (especially through their half susceptible in the direction of postmodernism) and technical sciences that experience a unique episteme than even that of strict and typical sciences. hence, we realize at the present time now not two cultures, but three varied episteme.
The booklet contains 4 components. First comprises uncomplicated epistemological observations, moment is dedicated to chose components of modern historical past of data applied sciences, 3rd comprises extra specified epistemological and basic discussions, fourth specifies conclusions. The publication is written from the cognitive point of view of technical sciences, with a whole know-how – and dialogue – of its adjustments from the cognitive point of view of strict sciences or human and social sciences. the most thesis of the publication is that informational revolution will most likely result in a formation of a brand new episteme.
The publication comprises discussions of many matters concerning such basic standpoint, akin to what is expertise right; what's instinct from a standpoint of know-how and of evolutionary naturalism; what are the explanations for and the way huge are the delays between a primary invention and its wide social usage; what is the elemental logical error (using paradoxes that aren't actual, in simple terms obvious) of the culture of sceptical philosophy; what are rational foundations and examples of emergence of order out of chaos; even if civilization improvement based on optimistic feedbacks among technology, expertise and the industry might lead necessarily to a self-destruction of human civilization; etc.