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Angels, a modern myth

Autore: Michel Serres
Editore: Paris : Flammarion, ©1995.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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In this new work Michel Serres, France's foremost philosopher of science, explores how traditional images of angels in art and legend foretell the preoccupations of modern life. Divided, as between Heaven and Hell, into First and Third Worlds, our societies search for ways to make contact, both by means of the most basic interpersonal relations and high-tech communications. The role of the messenger, Serres argues,  Per saperne di più…
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Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Online version:
Serres, Michel.
Angels, a modern myth.
Paris : Flammarion, ©1995
(OCoLC)631765066
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Michel Serres
ISBN: 2080135716 9782080135711
Numero OCLC: 33355502
Note: Translation of: La légende des anges.
Descrizione: 302 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Altri titoli: Légende des anges.
Responsabilità: Michel Serres ; translated from the French by Francis Cowper ; edited by Philippa Hurd].

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In this new work Michel Serres, France's foremost philosopher of science, explores how traditional images of angels in art and legend foretell the preoccupations of modern life. Divided, as between Heaven and Hell, into First and Third Worlds, our societies search for ways to make contact, both by means of the most basic interpersonal relations and high-tech communications. The role of the messenger, Serres argues, is as important now as it was in Biblical times, perhaps more, and yet we lack a philosophy which can explain this role - a philosophy of movement, of communication. Angels: A Modern Myth offers such a philosophy, showing how angels as message-bearers are still part of our modern world, our means of bringing together and understanding science, law, and religion, and perhaps also the means of satisfying our need for reason, justice, and consolation. Abundantly illustrated with an astounding breadth of images ranging from Renaissance paintings to film stills, satellite photographs, computer microchips, and medical microscopy, this thought-provoking book addresses some of the most crucial issues of our time and will make essential reading for anyone seeking to comprehend the new phase of human development engendered by the transformation of our world by information technology.

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