Confronting Disaster

Confronting Disaster : An Existential Approach to Technoscience

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.2mm | 226.8g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739108506
  • 9780739108505

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Raphael Sassower has written a veritable guide to the perplexed individuals who suffer the uncertainties of our contemporary world without tools such as political power or social organization to address the many disasters which confront them. What is unique about this book is its unapologetic existentialism and its refusal to blame the victims for their fate. This book will be useful for the despairing because it gives a measure of hope. -- Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY Graduate Center, author of From the Ashes of the Old: American Labor and America's Future Sassower's insights and suggestions offer a lively and illuminating if not always convincing perspective on issues with which the reader in philosophy and ethics of technology will be familiar. Bridges In Confronting Disaster, Raphael Sassower masterfully presents a perennial philosophy for the postmodern condition. His intriguing mix of existentialism and stoicism steers the reader to 'peace of mind' in a time when most pundits veer between Scylla of complacency and the Charybdis of despair. To those who believe that professional philosophers can no longer address 'the meaning of life' in lay terms, I would direct them to this book as a shining example of how it can be done. -- Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, University of Warwick, author of The Intellectualshow more

About Raphael Sassower

Raphael Sassower is Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Colorado more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Transformation of the Human Condition Chapter 2 The Myth of Freedom in the Information Age Chapter 3 The Century of Ambiguity and Anxiety Chapter 4 The False Hopes of Technoscience Chapter 5 A Modest Guideshow more

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