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The resurgence of the real : body, nature, and place in a hypermodern world

Author: Charlene Spretnak
Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, ©1997.
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Amid the rising tide of discontent, the public debates - including the "culture wars"--Seem to be a mere spinning of wheels. In a penetrating analysis of our times, Charlene Spretnak asserts that both the liberal and conservative sides in those debates are situated in the very orientation that created the modern crises: the mechanistic worldview with Homo economicus at the center. The grand claims of modernity no  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spretnak, Charlene, 1946-
Resurgence of the real.
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, ©1997
(OCoLC)631193731
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charlene Spretnak
ISBN: 0201534193 9780201534191
OCLC Number: 36060006
Description: 276 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Epochal rumblings in the 1990s --
The rise and fall of modern ideologies of denial --
Prometheus on the rebound --
Don't call it romanticism! --
Embracing the real --
Modernity is to us as water to a fish.
Responsibility: Charlene Spretnak.
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Amid the rising tide of discontent, the public debates - including the "culture wars"--Seem to be a mere spinning of wheels. In a penetrating analysis of our times, Charlene Spretnak asserts that both the liberal and conservative sides in those debates are situated in the very orientation that created the modern crises: the mechanistic worldview with Homo economicus at the center. The grand claims of modernity no longer inspire confidence because its destructive effects seem to be multiplying. The author, an influential public intellectual, speaks poignantly to our growing sense of what has been lost and what is slipping away. Yet Charlene Spretnak argues persuasively that the intensification of the modern crises is not inevitable and is already being challenged by an impressive network of corrective efforts. The new acceptance of holistic medicine (forced by the healthcare crisis), the new understandings in science of nature's powers of dynamic creativity and self-organization, the new political opposition of community-based activists to the forces of globalization, and the new surge of independence efforts by ancient nations that have been devoured by modern states - all are part of an emergent value system that counters the modern conception of liberty as a flight from body, nature, and place. After identifying "epochal rumblings" embedded in the nightly news in the 1990s, Charlene Spretnak illuminates the sources of the modern condition with exceptional clarity. Moreover, she reframes "the other history" of the modern era: the ecospiritual lineage of movements that resisted the corrosive effects of the industrialized modern world. Finally, Charlene Spretnak concludes her wideranging exploration with an engaging story of an American heartland city in the near future that has largely decoupled from the destructive dynamics of the globalized economy and initiated a range of pragmatic alternatives in its region.

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