Ethical Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima: Apocalypse or Utopia?

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Confronts the Janus-faced myth of technology as both the object of dread and the source of hope, which leads both to the demonic final solution and to the merciful, healing sacrifice. Attempts what ethicists have claimed is impossible: a cross-cultural ethic of human dignity, human rights, and human liberation. Proposes a coalition of religious and secular, and eastern and western, groups to prevent any future eruptions of the demonic. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791413753
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Pages: 366

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Challenge of Babel - From Alienation to Ethics After Auschwitz and Hiroshima 1
Pt. I The Promise of Utopia and the Threat of Apocalypse
1 Technology and the Dialectics of Apocalypse and Utopia 19
The Coming of the Millennium 19
Language, Technique, and the Utopianism of the Body 30
The Technological City as Utopian Horizon of the Body-Self 34
The Apocalyptic Deformation of Utopianism: Procrustean and Protean Distortions 37
Doubt and Utopian Transcendence 42
The Dialectics of Apocalypse and Utopia 46
2 The Narrative Ambivalence of a Technological Civilization: Apocalypse or Utopia? 55
Technopolis: The Secular City as Utopian 55
Auschwitz: The Secular City as Apocalyptic 60
Technopolis: The Sacralization of the Secular City 68
From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Technopolis and the Abyss of the Demonic 74
3 From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: The Apocalyptic Dark Night 81
Doubling and the Demonic Narrative of Auschwitz: Killing in Order to Heal 81
From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: The Demonic Inversion of the Narrative Traditions of the Holy - East and West 96
From Trinity to the Bhagavad Gita: Wounding in Order to Heal, Slaying to Make Alive 100
The Apocalyptic Dark Night and the MAD-ness of Planetary Suicide 115
Pt. II After Auschwitz and Hiroshima: Utopian Ethics for an Apocalyptic Age
4 The Ethical Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima to Technological Utopianism 123
Ethics: From Sacred Narratives to Utopian Critique 123
Theology of Culture as the Utopian Critique of Technical Civilization 134
The Dialectics of the Critique of Culture: From the Sacred and Profane to the Holy and Secular 141
The Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima: From Sacred Morality to Alienation and Ethics 155
5 Utopian Ethics: From Human Dignity to Human Rights and Human Liberation 161
The Utopianism of Job: From the Ethics of Obedience to the Ethics of Audacity 161
Secular Holiness in Defense of Human Dignity: The Commanding Voice from Auschwitz and the UN Declaration of Human Rights 176
The Convergence of Utopian Narratives: From Abraham and Siddhartha to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. 202
6 Beyond Technopolis: The Utopian Promise of Babel 213
The Linguistic and Narrative Poverty of Secularism 214
Welcoming the Stranger as the Utopian Norm of Secular Reason 220
Technobureaucratic Rationality and the "Myth" of Human Rights 231
From Narrative Diversity to the Utopian Promise of Babel 238
7 A Utopian Vision: Narrative Ethics in a MAD World 247
Beyond the Naked Public Square 247
The Utopian Quest in an Age of Apocalyptic Darkness 276
Utopian Technopoesis and the Limits of Political Realism 285
From Apocalyptic MAD-ness to Utopian Madness: Public Policy Ethics as Critique of the Narrative Imagination 296
Epilogue: The Secular University, Religious Studies, and Theological Ethics After Auschwitz and Hiroshima 317
Appendix: The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 327
Notes 333
Index 359
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