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Where the wasteland ends : politics and transcendence in postindustrial society

Author: Theodore Roszak
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Anchor Books, 1973, ©1972.
Series: Anchor books A 903
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Roszak
ISBN: 0385027389 9780385027380
OCLC Number: 25431377
Description: xxviii, 451 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: Part One: The wasteland within and about us --
Chapter 1. The artificial environment --
The flight from the primitive --
The urban-industrial imperative --
The great divide --
The technological coalescence: Its use and abuse --
Disneyland is better --
Chapter 2. Citadel of expertise --
From luxury to convenience to necessity --
The scientization of culture --
The systems approach --
The citadel of expertise --
The varieties of technocracy --
The new ship of state --
The strategy of countervailing expertise --
The arsenal of wonders --
Detours and deadends --
The air-conditioned nightmare --
The sweet and swinging life --
Chapter 3. Waking up, being real: The mindscape of single visions --
Psyche and society --
Dark mind and dream thieving --
The spectator senses --
The death-in-life of the body --
A revolutionary mysticism --
Part Two: Single vision and Newton's sleep: The strange interplay of objectivity and alienation --
Chapter 4. The sin of idolatry --
In the eye of the beholder --
"The heathen in his blindness ..." --
The death of magic --
Iconoclast fury and the Kali Yuga --
The degradation of myth --
Idolatry and damnation --
Transcendent symbolism --
Chapter 5. A dead man's eyes --
The scientific revolution: Idolatry triumphant --
Blake ... or Bacon --
The novum organum --
"Here be monsters ..." --
The sceret of power-knowledge --
The desacralization of nature --
The last ditch --
Chapter 6. Fair bait ... cruel trap --
Nature in an objective key --
God expertly embalmed --
The veridical experience --
"To interrogate nature with power": The utilitarian promise --
The bourgeouis lifestyle --
The egalitarian ethic --
A passion called reason --
Mythic stature --
Imaginative grandeur --
Never two cultures ... only one --
Chapter 7. Science in extremis: Prospect of an autopsy --
The slow death of a reality principle --
Big science: The undoing of the human scale --
Earth-rape: The undoing of progress --
Technocracy: The undoing of the open society --
Quantifiable man: The undoing of the political community --
The reductionist assault: The undoing of the mysteries --
Esotericism: The undoing of shared culture --
Part Three: A politics of eternity --
Chapter 8. Romantic perversity --
The romantic counterpoint --
The defense of imagination --
Chapter 9. Mind on fire: Notes on three old poets --
Blake: The fourfold vision --
Wordsworth: "Nature and the language of the sense" --
Goethe: The sensuous imagination --
Chapter 10. Uncaging skylarks: The meaning of transcendent symbols --
The popular history of aviation --
The "real thing" --
The secularization of symbols --
The vision-flight: Experience and symbol --
The law of gravity --
"Occult properties" --
The Newtonian phantasm --
Seeing and "Seeing" --
Technology and magic --
The eclipse of meaning --
Chapter 11. Rhapsodic intellect --
To know and to know --
Resonance and literalism --
Dream meanings --
"The first till last alshemist" --
Oneness: "Objectively analyzed ... subjectively penetrated" --
Ecology and the uses of mysticism --
A science of rhapsodic intellect --
Chapter 12. The visionary commonwealth --
The story so far --
Deurbanization --
An economics of permanence --
"Why tribe?" --
But where are the blueprints? --
The person first --
And the rest of the world ...? --
The next politics --
Chapter 13. Apocatastasis.
Series Title: Anchor books A 903
Responsibility: Theodore Roszak.

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