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- DescriptionIn The Future without a Past, John Paul Russo goes beyond currently given reasons for the decline of the humanities and searches out its root causes in the techlogization of everyday life. His main premise is that we are undergoing a transformation at the hands of techlogical imperatives such as rationalization, universalism, monism, and automy. The interface between ourselves and nature has thickened to such a degree that we live increasingly within a world of techlogy, t a world of nature. According to Russo, techlogical values have actually eroded human values instead of humanizing them. What are the implications of this significant shift for the humanities, traditionally seen as guardian of the human? Russo addresses this question by situating the decline of the humanities within the larger social and historical parama. He explores how techlogical values have infiltrated the humanities to the point of weakening their instruction and undermining their force; at the same time, he shows how the humanities have resisted these trends and can continue to do so. Russo believes that if we understand how techlogy works and the nature of its powers, we will then kw in which realms it must be accepted and where it should be resisted. Russo outlines the components of the techlogical system and examines their impact on the educational system. He also discusses the loss of historical memory, including the so-called loss of the self and the transformation of the library. He studies the parallels between techlogical and literary values in criticism and theory, and he concludes with a look at the writings of Don DeLillo, one of the most prominent contemporary velists. DeLillo's exploration of techlogy in American life is matched by a powerful critique from a broadly humanistic and religious perspective, serving to summarize the themes of the book as a whole. The Future without a Past will appeal to scholars and students of literary studies, intellectual and cultural history, philosophy, ethics, media studies, and American studies, as well as to general readers who are seeking deeper insights into today's cultural debates.
- Author BiographyJohn Paul Russo is Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He is the author of I. A. Richards: His Life and Work and editor of Richards's Complementarities: Uncollected Essays.
- Author(s)John Paul Russo
- PublisherUniversity of Missouri Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2005
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationMissouri
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Missouri Press
- Weight680 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine28 mm
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