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Technologies, Religion And Social Mediation

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This chapter distinguishes at least three important perspectives on the interaction between technology, self and society. These involve the three notions of instrumentalities, technical civilizations and technologies of the self. In all three perspectives, technology is seen not only to shape society but to have an important bearing on the nature of the self. The chapter explores some of the complexity behind the notions of technology, technique, technologies of the self, and technological civilization. The dominant western response to technology has been largely negative and pessimistic, because technological advances have paradoxically oft en been regarded as a threat to the very survival of humanity.

Keywords: religion; social mediation; technologies



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