Technology And The Spirit

Hardcover | August 1, 2001

byIgnacio L. Gotz

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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. Gotz 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. Gotz 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. Gotz 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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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 oth...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:137 pages, 9.5 × 6.06 × 0.7 inPublished:August 1, 2001Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275973468

ISBN - 13:9780275973469

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"These meditiations could provide intellectual stimulus to anyone sympathetic to the claim that tools and technological systems and conceptualizations embody spirit....[t]he attention to sources from the thousand years of Western thought between Augustine and Luther will prove intriguing for some readers....For those sharing Gotz's intuition of some Transcendent pulsing through nature and second nature, this volume will point to traditions to study and authors to consult in the search for the meaning of our existence in a technological world."-Technology and Culture