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ERIC Number: EJ919088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 101
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Future Technoscientific Education: Atheism and Ethics in a Globalizing World
Pearce, Colin D.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v31 n2 p81-102 Apr 2011
This article attempts to assess the claim that the unum necessarium in our time is the general dissemination of scientific knowledge because liberal civilization or the "good society" cannot be had in the presence of traditional religion and "metaphysics." The paper attempts to place this claim in the context of continuing globalization and related questions such as 9/11, Fundamentalist Islam, Sino-Western relations, "pop" atheism and the prospect of a "post-human" future. The paper describes the continuance of pre-Enlightenment traditions and beliefs even as constant globalizing influences with their attendant secularism, atheism and technologism make their presence felt. The paper canvasses the views of Chet Raymo, C.S. Lewis, Bryan Appleyard, Werner Heisenberg, Stanley Rosen, Henry Adams, Friedrich Nietzsche Martin Heidegger and Francis Fukuyama as a means of assessing the claim that an education rooted in a simple commitment to scientific progressivism will be inadequate to the demands of the 21st Century. (Contains 36 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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