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Kierkegaard and the Question Concerning Technology

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Over the last several decades, technology has emerged as an important area of interest for both philosophers and theologians. Yet, despite his status as one of modernity's seminal thinkers, Søren Kierkegaard is not often seen as one who contributed to the field. Kierkegaard and the Question Concerning Technology argues otherwise. Christopher B. Barnett shows that many of Kierkegaard's criticisms of "the present age" relate to the increasing dominance of technology in the West, and he puts Kierkegaard's thought in conversation with subsequent thinkers who grappled with technological issues, from Martin Heidegger to Thomas Merton. Barnett shows that Kierkegaard's writing, with its marked emphases on personal "upbuilding," stands as a place where deeper, non-technical modes of thinking are both commended and nurtured. In doing so, Barnett presents a Kierkegaard who remains relevant--perhaps all too relevant--in today's digital age.
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ISBN-13: 9781628926668
ISBN-10: 162892666X
Pagini: 256
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 mm
Greutate: 0.51 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: New York, United States


An overview of the development of the philosophy of technology, from Kierkegaard's day and on into the twentieth century, with a marked emphasis on how it confronts religious issues and praxis

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Christopher B. Barnett is Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, USA. He is the author of Kierkegaard, Pietism and Holiness (2011) and From Despair to Faith: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard (2014), and as well as the editor and translator of Kierkegaard: Discourses and Writings on Spirituality (2019), which will be part of the well-known Classics of Western Spirituality series. He is also coeditor of Theology and the Films of Terrence Malick (2016) and Scorsese and Religion (2019).


Abbreviations for Kierkegaard's WorksPreface Acknowledgements1. A General History of Technology 2. Technology in Golden Age Denmark 3. Kierkegaard on the Rise of Technological Culture 4. Kierkegaard's Analysis of Information Technology5. From Hegel to Google: Kierkegaard and the Perils of "the System"6. Kierkegaard and the Question Concerning Technology Concluding (Untechnological?) Postscript Works Cited Index


As an accomplished author, Christopher B. Barnett has an astonishing range that captivates our interest. In this book, Barnett renews the conviction that Kierkegaard still remains relevant as our critical contemporary and edifying companion on this pilgrimage of life. Barnett has achieved the most in-depth treatment of Kierkegaard's critique of technological culture since Jacques Ellul.
In his new book, Christopher B. Barnett not only shows that Kierkegaard was an important influence on several of the major 20th-century critics of technology, such as Heidegger and Ellul, he also shows that the Dane anticipated key points of their specific warnings as to the dangers of modern technology. Through a careful analysis of the material culture of 1840s Denmark and a sensitive reading of the relevant texts, Barnett shows how Kierkegaard was able to identify elements of the technological mind-set, its promise and its perils, that have now become defining features of our social and intellectual environment.