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Daniel Bell

Sociologist, author of The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (1976) and others


 The nature of change in the techno-economic order is linear in that the principles of utility and efficiency provide clear rules for innovation, displacement, and substitution.

1976 - from his book The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, New York, Basic Books
Every society seeks to establish a set of meanings through which people can relate themselves to the world. These meanings specify a set of purposes or, like myth and ritual, explain the character of shared experiences, or deal with the transformations of nature through human powers of magic or techne. These meanings are embodied in religion, in culture, and in work.

1976 - from his book The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, New York, Basic Books