Nature and Experience in the Culture of Delusion How Industrial Society Lost Touch with Reality

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-04-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Industrialism has alienated us from nature, disconnected us from our own embodiment, and blinded us the character of the technological society we have ourselves produced. This book brings together ideas and research from both social and natural sciences to throw light on the hidden dimensions of industrial life, showing how the emerging global economic system has dissolved our embodied subjectivity into industrial processes. The symbolic abilities that have allowed us to dominate all other creatures have now entrapped us within systems that we do not understand and have little control over, making us as vulnerable to the extension of economic and technological ideologies as our ancestors were to the natural threats that surrounded them. If we are to regain our humanity and integrity, the essential first step, outlined in this book, is to recognise and challenge the sources of our own powerlessness.

Author Biography

David W. Kidner is Senior Lecturer in Social Theory at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Having begun his career as a chemical engineer in the petroleum industry, he gained a doctorate in psychology from London University, and has since taught critical social science and environmental philosophy in the UK and the USA. He has published numerous papers in psychological and environmental journal, and his previous book is Nature and Psyche: Radical environmental journal, and his previous book is Nature and Psyche: Radical Environmentalism and the Politics of Subjectivity (2001).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Symbolism Breaks Freep. 1
The Natural and the Industrialp. 37
Growing Out of the Worldp. 84
Lost in (Symbolic) Spacep. 100
How the Mind Took Over the Worldp. 143
The Industrialised Individualp. 221
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 323
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