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By Raphael Sassower

modern society is rife with instability. Our energetic and invasive learn of genetics has given lifestyles to 1 of the good specters of organic technological know-how: the clone. The shortage of typical strength resources has resulted in an elevated manipulation of atomic or nuclear power and regressive environmental guidelines, leading to a better experience of possibility for everybody. the guarantees of financial globalization have, sometimes, been introduced, yet in lots of alternative ways globalization has created even better gaps in social and fiscal lifestyles. regardless of the growth of our efficient and technological features, our workdays develop longer, no longer shorter. we discover ourselves in exile from our households, our buddies, and from different significant kinds of social connection. And as 'freedom' is bandied approximately within the well known press and media because the preeminent international social worth, it truly turns out that the reigning modern ethos of our time is rigidity and anxiousness. whereas Raphael Sassower's prior paintings has targeted commonly on technology and know-how, this booklet is considerably varied. it's an pressing statement within the culture of Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional guy or maybe Sigmund Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents; a end result of decades of analysis and idea rigorously prepared into a longer essay on our modern social, cultural, and existential orientation within the smooth international. This ebook is written for complicated graduate scholars, knowledgeable and anxious citizenry, and particularly the younger pupil who, within the face of mounting nervousness, needs to be in a position to make serious offerings in the direction of an doubtful future.

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