Spirits in the Material World

Spirits in the Material World

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In Spirits in the Material World: The Challenge of Technology, Gil Germain provocatively argues that humans are fast becoming spirit-like creatures, beings who assume their bodies are incidental to what it means to be human, and the 'real world' an accidental quality of the human condition. Technology, it is suggested, authorizes such an understanding and legitimates a manner of action that obscures the centrality of embodiment. Technology properly understood is thus an otherworldly or spiritual force. Spirits in the Material World challenges the assumptions underpinning the technological world view through a reading of leading contemporary theorists who have addressed the interconnection between technology and embodiment. The book both reveals and contests the multifarious ways in which technology's spiritual thrust is manifested in contemporary thought and practice. While respecting technology's hold on modernity and its predisposition toward disembodiment, Germain gives important reasons why this inclination toward spiritization ought to be resisted and what shape this resistance must take if it is to be meaningful. Spirits in the Material World will appeal to a broad spectrum of scholars and students alike, especially those interested in philosophy of technology, postmodernism, political theory, phenomenology, the end of history debate, and deep ecology.
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  • Electronic book text | 242 pages
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739133705
  • 9780739133705

About Gilbert G Germain

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