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: 9780791413760
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 366

Table of Contents



Prologue: The Challenge of Babel--From Alienation to Ethics After Auschwitz and Hiroshima

Part I: The Promise of Utopia and the Threat of Apocalypse

1. Technology and the Dialectics of Apocalypse and Utopia

The Coming of the Millennium
Language, Technique, and the Utopianism of the Body
The Technological City as Utopian Horizon of the Body-Self
The Apocalyptic Deformation of Utopianism: Procrustean and Protean Distortions
Doubt and Utopian Transcendence
The Dialectics of Apocalypse and Utopia

2. The Narrative Ambivalence of a Technological Civilization: Apocalypse or Utopia?

Technopolis: The Secular City as Utopian
Auschwitz: The Secular City as Apocalyptic
Technopolis: The Sacralization of the Secular City
From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Technopolis and the Abyss of the Demonic

3. From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: The Apocalyptic Dark Night

Doubling and the Demonic Narrative of Auschwitz: Killing in Order to Heal
From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: The Demonic Inversion of the Narrative Traditions of the Holy—East and West
From Trinity to the Bhagavad Gita: Wounding in Order to Heal, Slaying to Make Alive
The Apocalyptic Dark Night and the MAD-ness of Planetary Suicide

Part II: After Auschwitz and Hiroshima: Utopian Ethics for an Apocalyptic Age

4. The Ethical Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima to Technological Utopianism

Ethics: From Sacred Narratives to Utopian Critique
Theology of Culture as the Utopian Critique of Technical Civilization
The Dialectics of the Critique of Culture: From the Sacred and Profane to the Holy and Secular
The Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima: From Sacred Morality to Alienation and Ethics

5. Utopian Ethics: From Human Dignity to Human Rights and Human Liberation

The Utopianism of Job: From the Ethics of Obedience to the Ethics of Audacity
Secular Holiness in Defense of Human Dignity: The Commanding Voice from Auschwitz and the UN Declaration of Human Rights
The Convergence of Utopian Narratives: From Abraham and Siddhartha to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

6. Beyond Technopolis: The Utopian Promise of Babel

The Linguistic and Narrative Poverty of Secularism
Welcoming the Stranger as the Utopian Norm of Secular Reason
Technobureaucratic Rationality and the "Myth" of Human Rights
From Narrative Diversity to the Utopian Promise of Babel

7. A Utopian Vision: Narrative Ethics in a MAD World

Beyond the Naked Public Square
The Utopian Quest in an Age of Apocalyptic Darkness
Utopian Technopoesis and the Limits of Political Realism
From Apocalyptic MAD-ness to Utopian Madness: Public Policy Ethics as Critique of the Narrative Imagination

Epilogue: The Secular University, Religious Studies, and Theological Ethics After Auschwitz and Hiroshima

Appendix: The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights



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