Nature, Technology and the Sacred

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In a critical reinterpretation of the idea of the 'disenchantment of nature', 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, many derived from original research, 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.


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


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).

EAN: 9780631236030
ISBN: 0631236031
Untertitel: 'Religion and Spirituality in t'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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