Confronting disaster: an existential approach to technoscience

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Lexington Books, 2004 - Philosophy - 119 pages
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Contemporary society is rife with instability. Contemporary genetic research has raised and given life to the one-time science fiction specter: the clone. The scarcity of natural energy sources has led to greater manipulation of atomic or nuclear energy and as a result greater danger. And the promises of globalization have, in some cases, delivered their intended results, but in many other ways they have created even greater social and economic gaps. An urgent commentary in the tradition of Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional Man or even Sigmund Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, Raphael Sassower's powerful new book is a culmination of many years of research and thought carefully arranged into an extended essay on our contemporary social, cultural, and existential orientation in the modern world.

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Contents

The Transformation of the Human Condition
9
The Myth of Freedom in the Information Age
31
The Century of Ambiguity and Anxiety
55
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Raphael Sassower is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Legal Studies at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Among his latest publications are "Popper's Legacy: Rethinking Politics, Economics, and Science (2006)", and with Mary Ann Cutter, "Ethical Choices in Contemporary Medicine" (2007).

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