The Value of Convenience: A Genealogy of Technical Culture

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SUNY Press, 1993 - Social Science - 281 pages
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In this volume, Tierney identifies convenience as the value of central importance to the development of modern technical culture. While revealing modern attitudes toward technology, the human body, mortality, and necessity, Tierney focuses on the cultural value of convenience and on modern attitudes which emphasize consumption rather than production of technology.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Arendt the Household and Convenience
15
Marxist Perspectives on Consumption
43
Settling American Space
65
SETTING AMERICAS SPACE IN ORDER
69
AGRICULTURE AS A LIMIT OF THE BODY
81
Setting Bodies in Motion
91
Weber Protestantism and Consumption
113
WORLDLY ASCETICISM AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE CAGE
130
Nietzsche and Modern Asceticism
147
Traces of Modern Asceticism
167
LOCKE AND CONVENIENCE
181
MARX AND NECESSITY
186
The End of Death
197
NOTES
209
INDEX
275

LUTHER AND CALVINS ATTITUDES TOWARD EARTHLY LIFE
117

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Thomas F. Tierney is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Concord College.

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