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Technology And The Spirit

Technology And The Spirit

by Ignacio L. Gotz


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Technology And The Spirit

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275973469
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

IGNACIO L. GÖTZ 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).

Table of Contents


The Problems of Technology

The Nature of Technology

Reflections on Technology

On Spirituality

Models of Redemption

Spirituality and the Material

Technology and Education

Some Dangers of Spirituality




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