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Innovation: A Study in the Rehabilitation of a Concept


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Godin, Benoît (2015). Innovation: A Study in the Rehabilitation of a Concept Contributions to the History of Concepts , vol. 10 , nº 1. pp. 45-68. DOI: 10.3167/choc.2015.100103.

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For centuries, innovation was a political and contested concept and linguistic weapon used against one's enemy. To support their case, opponents of innovation made use of arguments from ethos and pathos to give power and sustenance to their criticisms and to challenge the innovators. However, since the nineteenth century the arguments have changed completely. Innovation gradually got rehabilitated. This article looks at one type of rehabilitation: the semantic rehabilitation. People started to reread history and to redescribe what innovation is. What was bad innovation became good innovation because of long-lasting and beneficial effects, so it was believed.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: conceptual change; innovation; intellectual history; Jeremy Bentham; political thought
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 07 août 2017 19:50
Dernière modification: 22 mars 2019 20:00
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/6128

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