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Destiny Domesticated
The Rebirth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Technology
Destiny Domesticated
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Jos de Mul - Author
Bibi van den Berg - With translation assistance from
Price: $90.00 
Hardcover - 358 pages
Release Date: March 2014
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4971-5

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Paperback - 358 pages
Release Date: January 2015
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4972-2

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Analyzes contemporary technological society through the lens of Greek tragedy.

Destiny Domesticated investigates three ways Western civilization has tried to tame fate: the heroic affirmation of fate in the tragic culture of the Greeks, the humble acceptance of divine providence in Christianity, and the abolition of fate in modern technological society. Against this background, Jos de Mul argues that the uncontrollability of technology introduces its own tragic dimension to our culture. Considering a range of literary texts and contemporary events, and drawing on twenty-five centuries of tragedy interpretation from philosophers such as Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, literary critics George Steiner and Terry Eagleton, and others, de Mul articulates a contemporary perspective on the tragic, shedding new light on philosophical topics such as free will, determinism, and the contingency of life.

Jos de Mul is Full Professor of Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He is the author of Cyberspace Odyssey: Towards a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology; The Tragedy of Finitude: Dilthey’s Hermeneutics of Life; and Romantic Desire in (Post)modern Art and Philosophy, also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue

1. Destiny Domesticated

2. Chance Living

3. Fatal Politics

4. The (Non-)Reproducibility of the Tragic

5. The Art of Suffering

6. Awesome Technologies

7. Tragic Parenthood

8. Fateful Machines

9. Exodus

Notes
Works Cited
Name Index
Subject Index


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