Nature Technology and the Sacred / Edition 1

Nature Technology and the Sacred / Edition 1

by Bronislaw Szerszynski
     
 

This provocative and timely book argues that contemporary ideas and practices concerning nature and technology remain closely bound up with religious ways of thinking and acting. Using examples from North America, Europe and elsewhere, it reinterprets a range of ‘secular’ phenomena in terms of their conditioning by a complex series of transformations of

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This provocative and timely book argues that contemporary ideas and practices concerning nature and technology remain closely bound up with religious ways of thinking and acting. Using examples from North America, Europe and elsewhere, it reinterprets a range of ‘secular’ phenomena in terms of their conditioning by a complex series of transformations of the sacred in Western history. The contemporary practices of environmental politics, technological risk behaviour, alternative medicine, vegetarianism and ethical consumption take on new significance as sites of struggle between different sacral orderings.

Nature, Technology and the Sacred introduces a radically new direction for today’s critical discourse concerning nature and technology – one that reinstates it as a moment within the ongoing religious history of the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631236047
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Religion and Spirituality in the Modern World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Bronislaw Szerszynski is Lecturer in Environment and Culture at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy at Lancaster University. He is the co-editor of Nature Performed: Environment, Culture and Performance (Blackwell, 2003), Re-Ordering Nature: Theology, Society and the New Genetics (2003) and Risk, Environment and Modernity: Towards a New Ecology (1996).

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

PART 1 - MODERNITY, NATURE AND THE SACRED.

1. The disenchantment of the world.

2. Nature, secularization and the transformation of the sacred.

PART 2 - NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY.

3. Nature, science and the death of Pan.

4. Modern technology and the sacred.

PART 3 - THE BODY AND ITS ENVIRONMENT.

5. The body, healing and the sacred.

6. The birth of ‘the environment’.

PART 4 - AGAINST THE TECHNOLOGICAL CONDITION.

7. The politicization of nature.

8. Nature, virtue and everyday life.

9. Nature and public speech.

PART 5 - THE FUTURE OF THE SACRED.

10. The global sacred.

11. Nature, technology and the sacred: a postscript.

Notes.

References.

Index

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