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    DescriptionUnderstood as a metaphor for the human mastery of nature, the myth of Prometheus has long served as a symbol of the modern world. Industrialization, individualism, the triumph of instrumental rationality and technological prowess in every aspect of life, all can be seen as expressions of the Promethean ethic. Yet Arthur Mitzman aims to demonstrate that there is an alternative conception of Promethean modernity at odds with the reigning view. Elaborated on in the writings of some European romantics, particularly the English poet Shelley, it emphasizes creativity over productivity, and a harmonious union with nature rather than its technocratic conquest. According to Mitzman, the ideologies of nationalism, socialism, and consumer capitalism all purported to be agencies of liberation and social justice. But they were traps. The mentalities of growth and power they encouraged and their institutional embodiments suffocated the original impulses of Promethian creativity while combining to construct the "double wall" of ecological unsustainability and increasing social inequality that threatens the very existence of humankind. Although the forces of globalization and neoliberalism dominate contemporary society and may seem irreversible, Mitzman believes in the possibility of a different kind of world. Integrating the insights of critical theory, intellectual history, and psychoanalysis, he offers a reasoned plea for a radical new vision of the future, one grounded in a politics of genuinely self-governing communities, a culture of liberated creativity, and an economics committed to the transcendence of scarcity and insecurity.


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    Title
    Prometheus Revisited
    Subtitle
    The Quest for Global Justice in the Twenty-first Century
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arthur Mitzman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781558493902
    ISBN 10: 1558493905
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.2
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX, JPS, JPF
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JPV
    LC subject heading:
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    Libri: I-PL
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    DC21: 327
    DC22: 303.372
    Thema V1.0: JPS, GTQ, JPV, JPF, JBCC9
    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    University of Massachusetts Press
    Imprint name
    University of Massachusetts Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Massachusetts
    Author Information
    Arthur Mitzman is emeritus professor of modern history at the University of Amsterdam. His previous books include The Iron Cage: An Historical Interpretation of Max Weber and Michelet, Historian: Rebirth and Romanticism in Nineteenth-Century France.