Chapter 15: Machinery and Large-Scale Industry

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Darwin has directed attention to the history of natura technology, i.e. the formation of the organs of plants and animals, which serve as the instruments of production for sustaining their life. Does not the history of the productive organs of man in society; of organs that are the material basis of every particular organization of society, deserve equal attention. And would not such a history be easier to compile, since, as Vico says; human history differs from natural history in that we have made the former, but not the latter? Technology reveals the active relation of man to nature, the direct process of the production of his life, and thereby it also lays bare the process of the production of the social relations of his life, and of the mental conceptions that flow from those relations.