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Booktitle:

Human Nature and the Ethics of Progress

Power and Purpose in 20th Century Religion, Science and Art

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2008-09-30 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-08837-3

ISBN-10:
3639088379
EAN:
9783639088373
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Throughout 20th century culture, various efforts to define the nature of progress directly contributed to competing visions of human nature. Theologians, scientists and artists struggled with one another, each group announcing different versions of the human subject based upon its definition of progress. Progress in all groups was a deeply ethical concept, one that crossed the disciplinary boundaries assumed to exist between the cultural domains. By advocating particular visions of human nature, each group offered an ethical vision for human action. This dynamic is visible in a comparative approach to liberation theology, robotics, and the contemporary art of Wolfgang Laib and the group Survival Research Laboratories. Just like the theologians, scientists and artists make ethical claims as to what is the ultimate good for humankind and both offer varieties of salvation to compete with that of the theologians. Dr. Geraci's work shows that in religion, science and art, expectations for progress were key to understanding how these various groups and individuals constructed the ethical values of the emerging human subject.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Geraci Robert
Number of pages:
272
Published on:
2008-09-30
Stock:
Available
Category:
Religion / Theology
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
Religion, Science, Art, Robotics, artificial intelligence, liberation theology, Laib, SRL

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