Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives

By: Bronislaw Szerszynski (editor), Sigurd Bergmann (editor), Celia Deane-Drummond (editor)Hardback

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The capacity of human beings to invent, construct and use technical artifacts is a hugely consequential factor in the evolution of society, and in the entangled relations between humans, other creatures and their natural environments. Moving from a critical consideration of theories, to narratives about technology, and then to particular and specific practices, Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred seeks to arrive at a genuinely transdisciplinary perspective focusing attention on the intersection between technology, religion and society and using insights from the environmental humanities. It works from both theoretical and practical contexts by using newly emerging case studies, including geo-engineering and soil carbon technologies, and breaks open new ground by engaging theological, scientific, philosophical and cultural aspects of the technology/religion/nature nexus. Encouraging us to reflect on the significance and place of religious beliefs in dealing with new technologies, and engaging critical theory common in sociological, political and literary discourses, the authors explore the implicit religious claims embedded in technology.

About Author

Celia Deane-Drummond is Professor in Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Her post is concurrent with the College of Science. She has published numerous single author books and edited volumes such as Future Perfect: God, Medicine and Human Identity (2006); Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere (2011); and Animals as Religious Subjects: Transdisciplinary Perspectives (2013). Sigurd Bergmann is Professor in Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. His numerous publications include The Ethics of Mobilities (2008); Theology in Built Environments (2009); and Religion, Space and Environment (2014). Bronislaw Szerszynski is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK. His published work on the relation between religion and technology includes Re-Ordering Nature: Theology, Society and the New Genetics (2003) and Nature, Technology and the Sacred (2005). Current research foci include geoengineering and the Anthropocene.


Contents: Introduction, Celia Deane-Drummond, Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski. Part I Theories: Human responsibility for extra-human nature: an ethical approach to technofutures, Walther Ch. Zimmerli; Technology and the humanisation of nature: new resources for critical assessment, Maria Antonaccio; Artefactualising the sacred: restating the case for Martin Heidegger's 'hermeneutical' philosophy of technology, Fionn Bennett; Technology in a postnatural condition? Concepts of nature and meanings of technology, Peter Manley Scott. Part II Religious Narratives: Forbidden fruit: wonder, religious narrative and the quest for the atomic bomb, Lisa H. Sideris; Technology and iconography: minding the logoi, Francis Van den Noortgaete; 'Millions of machines are already roaring': fetishised technology encountered by the life-giving spirit, Sigurd Bergmann; The technologisation of life: theology and the trans-human and trans-animal narratives of the post-animal, Celia Deane-Drummond. Part III Practices: Re-inventing homemaking: a necessary and ethical means of production in a post-growth, ecologically sustainable economy, David Gormley-O'Brien; Redeeming the climate: investigating a theological model of geoengineering, Forrest Clingerman; Resilience techniques: spiritual practices and customary economics within farming communities in Amanbaev village, Kyrgyzstan, Zemfira Inogamova-Hanbury; Miraculous engineering and the climate emergency: climate modification as divine economy, Matthew Kearnes. Part IV Synthesis: The twilight of the machines, Bronislaw Szerszynski. Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781472444103
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 306
  • ID: 9781472444103
  • weight: 726
  • ISBN10: 1472444108

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