Spirits in the Material World

Spirits in the Material World : The Challenge of Technology

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Gil Germain'sSpirits in the Material World reflects on the vital role technology plays in liberating humankind from the real world of space and time, and examines the broad implications of this development for contemporary society. Germain argues that we ought to be wary of our spiritual sojourn and suggests ways to offset technology's otherworldly impulse.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739133683
  • 9780739133682

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This widely learned study by Gil Germain explains why technology is both a problem and a problem-solver. His book carefully analyzes virtual reality in terms of contemporary philosophy and scholarship. Profoundly thought provoking! -- Michael Heim, author of The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality and Virtual Realism There is do doubt that our technology "does indeed rearrange the world so that we do not have to experience it". What in our experience is 'real' and how has our technology shaped or contorted the human spirit? Gil Germain addresses these questions through a clear presentation and penetrating analysis of modern French Philosophy and then advances a bold synthesis which compels us to ask ourselves what it means to be alive today. My students will read this fine book. -- Tom Darby, Carleton University Gil Germain uses a subtle and careful analysis of four French philosophers to illuminate our implication in technology and our tenuous hold on reality. We need to pay close attention to Germain's insights if we are to recover a more grounded and substantial way of life. -- Albert Borgmann, The University of Montana; author of Real American Ethics; author of Holding on to Reality (1999)show more

About Gilbert G. Germain

Gil Germain is associate professor and chair of political studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. As Real As It Gets: Derrida Chapter 2. Reality Show: Baudrillard Chapter 3. Reality Shows: Virilio Chapter 4. The Fate of the Real: Lyotard Chapter 5. Getting Real(er)show more