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Nature, Technology and the Sacred / Edition 1

Nature, Technology and the Sacred / Edition 1

by Bronislaw Szerszynski
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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: 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)

About 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 ix

Acknowledgements xvii

Part I Modernity, Nature and the Sacred 1

1 The Disenchantment of the World 3

2 Nature, Secularization and the Transformation of the Sacred 10

Part II Nature and Technology 29

3 Nature, Science and the Death of Pan 31

4 Modern Technology and the Sacred 51

Part III The Body and its Environment 65

5 The Body, Healing and the Sacred 67

6 The Birth of ‘the Environment’ 84

Part IV Against the Technological Condition 109

7 The Politicization of Nature 111

8 Nature, Virtue and Everyday Life 125

9 Nature and Public Speech 140

Part V The Future of the Sacred 157

10 The Global Sacred 159

11 Nature, Technology and the Sacred: a Postscript 171

Notes 179

References 188

Index 211

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