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Innovation after the French Revolution, or, Innovation Transformed: From Word to Concept

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Benoît Godin

l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique, CA
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Abstract

For centuries, innovation has been a pejorative concept, and there has been no study of what innovation is. How, when and why did innovation become an object of theory – and dreams? Th is paper is about that key moment in the history of innovation as a concept. Innovation got rehabilitated at the moment when it came to be defined as utility or progress. Th is occurred between c.1750 and c.1850: innovation becomes instrumental to political and social – and later material or economic – goals.

How to Cite: Godin, Benoît. 2014. “Innovation After the French Revolution, Or, Innovation Transformed: From Word to Concept”. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory 17 (2): 201–31. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7227/R.17.2.6
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Published on 01 Sep 2014.
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