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Technology, Life And Death: Introduction

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Human beings have toiled with the idea of controlling nature with technology ever since Francis Bacon, who used the power of science and technology to objectify and abstract nature. The development of technology has contributed to world peace and to the improvement of human life, it has also led gradually to a loss of humanity itself, and to the despoliation of the earth's environment, resulting in a crisis of our very existence on this planet. In order to overcome the loss of humanity and the destruction of the environment by the abuse of technology, and to avoid the nihilism that is a natural result of such loss and destruction, every religion has the ability to reinforce ethics at the level of the individual, of which self-awareness is the core. Such ethics can be found in the works of, amongst others, Buber, Suzuki, the early Heidegger, Nishitani, Nishida, and Merton.

Keywords: Buber; Francis Bacon; Heidegger; human life; technology; world peace



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