Nature, Technology and the Sacred

Nature, Technology and the Sacred

Editor(s): Bronislaw Szerszynski

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631236030

Online ISBN: 9780470774311

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774311

About this Book

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.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Modernity, Nature and the Sacred

  2. Part II: Nature and Technology

  3. Part III: The Body and its Environment

  4. Part IV: Against the Technological Condition

  5. Part V: The Future of the Sacred

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