Technology, Power and God

Prof. Candice Shelby
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This paper discusses the interrelations among technology, the sense of personal power, and the current emphasis in American culture on patriotism and religion. I argue that certain uses of technology, together with particular economic trends, have altered individuals' sense of self, as well as of personal power, with the result that people have turned to the powerful allies of God and country for the comfort of felt protection. This is not a fault of technology itself; in fact, quite the contrary is true. Technology can equally well be seen to have increased the sense of personal power at other points in history. The problem is rather an abdication of responsibility, which can be reversed.

Keywords: Technology, Culture, Power, Religion
Stream: Human Technologies and Useability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Technology, Power and God

Prof. Candice Shelby

Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Colorado at Denver

Prof. Shelby earned her B.A. from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1984 and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Rice University in 1989. She is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Denver, where she also serves as Director of the Center for Ethics and Community. She has published papers on the work of G.W.F. Leibniz, as well as on logic and ethics. She has a special interest in bringing overlooked insights from thinkers of the history of philosophy to the consideration of contemporary philosophical problems.

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