History

History

Out From the Shadows

The three words signifying structural kinds of change (novelty, innovation, revolution) expand into more specific spaces after the Renaissance. When innovation split from novelty and revolution as its own distinct meaning, that meaning was as a non-concept, a term used only to cast doubt upon others. Innovation was not negative change, however; innovation was either change for the sake of change or against the order and traditions of the time. Movements in governance, religion and society would begin to erode the pejorative nature of innovation, although its path from negative label to positive technological achievement was not a direct one.