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- DescriptionThe condition of modernity springs from that tension between science and the humanities that had its roots in the Enlightenment but reached its full flowering with the rise of twentieth-century techlogy. It manifests itself most tably in the crisis of individuality that is generated by the nexus of science, literature, and politics, one that challenges each of us to find a way of balancing our personal identities between our public and private selves in an otherwise estranging world. This challenge, which can only be expressed as the struggle of modernity, perhaps finds better expression than in C. P. Sw. In his career as velist, scientist, and civil servant, C. P. Sw (1905-1980) attempted to bridge the disparate worlds of modern science and the humanities. While Sw is often regarded as a late-Victorian liberal who has little to say about the modernist period in which he lived and wrote, de la Mothe challenges this judgment, reassessing Sw's place in twentieth-century thought. He argues that Sw's life and writings-most tably his Strangers and Brothers sequence of vels and his provocative thesis in The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution-reflect a persistent struggle with the nature of modernity. They manifest Sw's belief that science and techlogy were at the center of modern life.
- Author BiographyThe late John de la Mothe was Canada Research Chair in Innovation Strategy and was a faculty member at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa.
- Author(s)John de la Mothe
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2011
- SubjectBiography: Literary
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note10 b&w illus.
- Weight726 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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