Art and Technics

Author: Lewis Mumford

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231121057

Category: Social Science

Page: 162

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A CLASSIC EXPLORATION OF THE MORAL PREDICAMENT OF ART IN A TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY Lewis Mumford -- architectural critic, theorist of technology, urbanologist, city planner, cultural critic, historian, biographer, and philosopher -- was the author of more than thirty influential books, many of which expounded his views on the perils of urban sprawl and a society obsessed with "technics". Featuring a new introduction by Casey Nelson Blake, this classic text provides the essence of Mumford's views on the distinct yet interpenetrating roles of technology and the arts in modern culture. Mumford contends that modern man's overemphasis on technics has contributed to the depersonalization and emptiness of much of twentieth-century life. He issues a call for a renewed respect for artistic impulses and achievements. His repeated insistence that technological development take the Human as its measure -- as well as his impassioned plea for humanity to make the most of its "splendid potentialities and promise" and reverse its progress toward anomie and destruction -- is ever more relevant as the new century dawns.

The Future of Technics & Civilization

Author: Lewis Mumford

Publisher: Freedom Press (CA)

ISBN: 9780900384325

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

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A brilliant survey of our response to changing technology, which sets out the prerequisites for a rational use of our discoveries and inventions as a means of human liberation rather than enslavement.

"In Old Friendship"

The Correspondence of Lewis Mumford and Henry A. Murray, 1928-1981

Author: Lewis Mumford,Henry Alexander Murray,Frank G. Novak

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815631132

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 447

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Between 1928 and 1981 architectural and cultural critic Lewis Mumford exchanged nearly six hundred letters with Melville scholar and Harvard psychologist Henry A. Murray. "In Old Friendship" documents that interaction. Covering fifty years of devoted camaraderie between two exceptional minds, the book offers insights into the intellectual frustrations behind their significant careers and the emotional needs that framed their vibrant, often dramatic lives. To Mumford, a writer who sought to change the course of world events, iconoclastic Murray became a welcome confidant, critic, mentor, and friend. The letters reflect the wide range of public and private interests held by both men. Love's entanglements are aired alongside literary labors. By chronicling the private worlds of these intellectual icons, this volume emerges as a crucial research tool for students of American intellectual history and culture, literary criticism, urbanism, architecture, and political arenas such as World War II and the cold war. It offers a unique prism through which to observe the dramatic shifts in American society and culture in the twentieth century.

Der Mensch und die Technik

Beitrag zu einer Philosophie des Lebens

Author: Oswald Spengler

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3954558661

Category: Philosophy

Page: 92

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Oswald Spengler veröffentlichte seinen längeren Essay 1931, in dessen Zentrum die These steht, dass die Moderne, das Zeitalter der entfesselten Technik, unaufhaltsam dem eigenen Untergang zutreibt. Die aus Spenglers Hauptwerk »Der Untergang des Abendlandes« abgeleitete Befund war schon bei Erscheinen umstritten. Zugleich greift der Autor in seinem Text aber auch Fragen auf, die heute heftiger denn je diskutiert werde: die absolute Herrschaft von Technologie und Industrie, daraus folgende ökologische Probleme, Sinnverlust angesichts der Zweideutigkeit des technischen Fortschritts.

Herman Melville 1929

Author: Lewis Mumford

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing

ISBN: 9780766143302

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 388

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In this study of Herman Melville's life and thought, the author primarily relied on Melville's own writings, including his letters, and some of his notebooks. This work is singularly complete in that part of Melville which most matters: his ideas, his feelings, his urges, his vision of life. Wherever possible, the author uses Melville's own language in describing his state of mind and experience. This is a wonderful biography of the man who is considered the greatest imaginative writer that America has produced, not to mention the author of "Moby Dick."

Blood on the Tracks

The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson

Author: S. Brian Willson

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 160486592X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 500

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After serving in the Vietnam War, S. Brian Willson became a radical, nonviolent peace protester and pacifist, and this memoir details the drastic governmental and social change he has spent his life fighting for. Chronicling his personal struggle with a government he believes to be unjust, Willson sheds light on the various incarnations of his protests of the U.S. government, including the refusal to pay taxes, public fasting, and, most famously, public obstruction. On September 1, 1987, Willson was run over by a U.S. government munitions train during a nonviolent blocking action in which he expected to be removed from the tracks. Providing a full look into the tragic event, Willson, who lost his legs in the incident, discusses how the subsequent publicity propelled his cause toward the national consciousness. Now, 23 years later, Willson tells his story of social injustice, nonviolent struggle, and the so-called American way of life.

Neue Wege in ein neues Europa

Geschichte und Verkehr im 20. Jahrhundert

Author: Ralf Roth,Karl Schlögel

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593389002

Category: History

Page: 555

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Seit dem Zusammenbruch der Sowjetunion fügt sich Europa neu zusammen. Europa ist aber nicht nur ein Raum von Werten und Ideen, sondern auch ein Verkehrsraum. Das geteilte Europa war bestimmt von zerschnittenen Verkehrswegen, mit Endstationen an den Grenzen zwischen West und Ost. 1989 begann man, gerissene Linien wieder in Betrieb zu nehmen. Ohne einen einheitlichen und modernisierten Verkehrsraum kann es ein neues und vereintes Europa nicht geben. Entfernung und Nähe, Versorgung und Verteilung von Gütern, Ideen und Menschen sind ohne das Medium des Verkehrs nicht denkbar. Die 25 Autorinnen und Autoren greifen zentrale Aspekte des komplexen Themas Verkehr und dessen Bedeutung für eine moderne Geschichtsschreibung auf und zeigen, wie Europa im 20. Jahrhundert durch Verkehr und Mobilität gestaltet wurde.

The Culture of Cities

Author: Lewis Mumford

Publisher: Harcourt


Category: Travel

Page: 586

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An analysis of the communities, buildings, and surrounding regions which have characterized cities from medieval times to the present

The Brown Decades

A Study of the Arts in America, 1865-1895

Author: Lewis Mumford

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486202006

Category: Art

Page: 266

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Buried renaissance of Root, Sullivan, Roebling, W. Homer, Eakins, Ryder, others. 12 illustrations.

Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction

Author: Judie Newman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136774807

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

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This book examines the quest for/failure of Utopia across a range of contemporary American/transnational fictions in relation to terror and globalization through authors such as Susan Choi, André Dubus, Dalia Sofer, and John Updike. While recent critical thinkers have reengaged with Utopia, the possibility of terror — whether state or non-state, external or homegrown — shadows Utopian imaginings. Terror and Utopia are linked in fiction through the exploration of the commodification of affect, a phenomenon of a globalized world in which feelings are managed, homogenized across cultures, exaggerated, or expunged according to a dominant model. Narrative approaches to the terrorist offer a means to investigate the ways in which fiction can resist commodification of affect, and maintain a reasoned but imaginative vision of possibilities for human community. Newman explores topics such as the first American bestseller with a Muslim protagonist, the links between writer and terrorist, the work of Iranian-Jewish Americans, and the relation of race and religion to Utopian thought.

Science, Technology and the German Cultural Imagination

Papers from the Conference 'The Fragile Tradition', Cambridge 2002. Vol. 3

Author: Christian Emden,David R. Midgley

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039101702

Category: History

Page: 319

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This volume of conference papers highlights the connections between developments in technology and scientific thought since the 16th century on the one hand, and the ways in which the creative imagination of literary writers has responded to those developments on the other.

My works and days

a personal chronicle

Author: Lewis Mumford

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 545

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Laudato si

Die Umwelt-Enzyklika des Papstes

Author: Franziskus (Papst),

Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH

ISBN: 345180736X

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Mit großer Spannung wurde sie erwartet, auch von Nicht-Katholiken: Die Umwelt-Enzyklika von Papst Franziskus nimmt die heute entscheidenden Themen in den Blick; es geht um die geht um soziale, ökologische und politische Zusammenhänge. Wohl selten war ein päpstliches Schreiben so aktuell und brisant und vor allem relevant für alle Gesellschaftsschichten und Menschen weltweit. Mit "Laudato si" beweist Franziskus, dass die Kirche nach wie vor eine unverzichtbare Stimme im Diskurs zur Gestaltung der modernen Welt ist. Wer verstehen will, wie Papst und Kirche die großen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit bestehen wollen, kommt an diesem Werk nicht vorbei. Ein Muss für jeden, der an den drängenden Fragen unserer Zeit interessiert ist.

The golden day

a study in American literature and culture

Author: Lewis Mumford

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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