The chapter contributes to the intellectual and conceptual history of the term "innovation", asking from where does the concept come from, what does it mean and how it traveled from one domain to another? Looking at the genealogy of the concept, it documents what it owes to the past, namely theology politics and social reforms. Going back to a key historical moment when the concept entered our vocabulary, the English Reformation, it examines the categories of the then-conception that survive in our modern concept. After remembering its Greek origin, when it was a political term regarding changes to the established order, it documents the religious contribution to the shaping of the concept and its its moral valuation before its meaning was associated to technology and became instrumental to economic policy, driver of productivity, growth and well-being, and the modern belief and faith in the progress.
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