Nature Technology and the Sacred / Edition 1

Nature Technology and the Sacred / Edition 1

by Bronislaw Szerszynski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631236031

ISBN-13: 9780631236030

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Wiley

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…  See more details below

Overview

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:
9780631236030
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Religion and Spirituality in the Modern World Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1The disenchantment of the world3
2Nature, secularization and the transformation of the sacred10
3Nature, science and the death of pan31
4Modern technology and the sacred51
5The body, healing and the sacred67
6The birth of 'the environment'84
7The politicization of nature111
8Nature, virtue and everyday life125
9Nature and public speech140
10The global sacred159
11Nature, technology and the sacred : a postscript171

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