A Decision Model in One-dimensional Man

By Luís Homem and Bruno Rego.

Published by Journal of Technologies in Society

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According to Herbert Marcuse, the structures of technological societies, based on authoritarian bureaucratic processes and mechanisms, are instruments of social control and repress the development of the human libido, leading to a condition of One-Dimensionality. Modern industrialized societies confront man with the paralysis of critical thinking, preventing him from criticizing its models and institutions, and also of designing alternatives to change the social order. The exit of One-Dimensionality and the refusal of the technological rationality, proclaims Marcuse, presuppose an effort of social critical thinking and foremost radical political action in order to build liberated, politically emancipated and non-conformist individuals. We, thus, propose to present one model of the One-Dimensional Man (1-D) by: assorting different Cartesian correspondences between Modal, Deontic, Temporal and Doxastic Logics (M×D×T×D), with the operators (⬦, ◊| O, P, F| G, F, H, weak P| Bx), and the set of truth-functional connectives, wherein arguments of (1-D)are investigated. Herein a Kripke frame is found and accessibility relations constructed. Marcuse's model is peculiar in the sense that Doxastic Logic (Eros) does not behave as a model (⊨) in relation with Modal, Temporal or Deontic Logics. From here we shall find out how (1-D) is a weak K model, where K4 axiom ⬦A→⬦⬦A is necessarily not valid.
Herein a Kripke frame is found and accessibility relations constructed. Marcuse´s model is peculiar in the sense that Doxastic Logic (Eros) does not behave as ⊨ in relation with Modal, Temporal or Deontic Logics. From here we shall find how (1-D) is a weak K model, where K4 axiom □A→□□A is necessarily not valid.

Keywords: One-Dimensional Man, Philosophy of Technology, Decision Theory

Journal of Technologies in Society, Volume 10, Issue 3-4, August 2015, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 25, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 903.535KB)).

Luís Homem

PhD Researcher and Integrated Member, Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

Bruno Rego

PhD Researcher and Integrated Member, Centre for Climate Change Impacts Adaptation and Modelling, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, Almada, Portugal