Technology And The Spirit

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Overview

Most contemporary accounts of the role of technology in world culture are alarmist and, at times, condemn many uses of technology without much effort to get beyond the surface of this worldwide phenomenon. Technological innovations that might rightly be critiqued are taken as representative of the entire field of technology. On the other hand, there are those, including some scientists, for whom technology and its uses pose no questions at all and who seem to delight in predictions of a future totally dominated by technology. They prey on the human delight in newness and innovation and on our readiness to be surprised by what may someday come to be. Götz takes the position that so-called technology problems are really our problems, not the fault of technology.

Technology is an integral part of what we are as human beings, a significant aspect of our evolution. Götz also advances the thesis that technology may be viewed from the perspective of the human capacity to grow, and that when we do so, we are, in effect, spiritualizing technology and rendering it more meaningful to ourselves. Götz suggests several models that may be employed to achieve this spiritualization. This provocative analysis will be of interest to general readers as well as scholars, students, and researchers concerned with contemporary social and religious issues.

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G<:o>tz (philosophy, Hofstra U.) argues that it is possible to spy the grandeur of God or of Being in the luscious colors of the world as well as in the dreary ones, to rediscover the beauty behind the clouds of the material stuff of field and grove, and that this applies equally to technology. He compares it to being able to glimpse the sun still shining behind the cloud. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275973469
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

IGNACIO L. GOTZ is Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Teaching Fellow at New College, Hofstra University. Before coming to Hofstra, he taught for many years in India. His books include The Psychedelic Teacher, Creativity: Theoretical and Socio-Cosmic Reflections, Zen and the Art of Teaching, Conceptions of Happiness, The Culture of Sexism (Praeger, 1999), and Manners and Violence (Praeger, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Problems of Technology 1
2 The Nature of Technology 21
3 Reflections on Technology 39
4 On Spirituality 51
5 Models of Redemption 63
6 Spirituality and the Material 79
7 Technology and Education 91
8 Some Dangers of Spirituality 101
Conclusion 117
Bibliography 123
Index 135
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