Letters from Lake Como: Explorations in Technology and the Human Race

Letters from Lake Como Explorations in Technology and the Human Race This book collects a fascinating series of letters written by theologian philosopher Romano Guardini in the mid s in which he works out for the first time his sense of the challenges of humanity i

  • Title: Letters from Lake Como: Explorations in Technology and the Human Race
  • Author: Romano Guardini
  • ISBN: 9780802801081
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book collects a fascinating series of letters written by theologian philosopher Romano Guardini in the mid 1920s in which he works out for the first time his sense of the challenges of humanity in a culture increasingly dominated by the machine With prophetic clarity and unsettling farsightedness, Guardini s letters poignantly capture the personal implications and soThis book collects a fascinating series of letters written by theologian philosopher Romano Guardini in the mid 1920s in which he works out for the first time his sense of the challenges of humanity in a culture increasingly dominated by the machine With prophetic clarity and unsettling farsightedness, Guardini s letters poignantly capture the personal implications and social challenges of living in the technological age concerns that have now come to fruition seventy years after they were first raised.

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    1. Guardini states that his goal is to "consider primarily the negative element in the phenomenon of the machines, the possibility they bring of endangerment and destruction" as they isolate man from nature and from himself. However, he writes, readers should "see here neither the pessimism that we often sense in current cultural criticism or the resentment that comes with the end of an epoch against the new thing that is pushing out the old. The concern I want to express is the positive one whethe [...]

    2. A wonderful little collection of essays concerning the relationship between technology and humanity. Writing in the early 20th century after WWI, Guardini takes the position that technological progress has been destructive toward the organic development of human culture, and if it continues unchecked Guardini fears that it may ultimately be destructive to human life itself. But his view is not entirely pessimistic, as evidenced in the final letters where the tone changes from one of foreboding, [...]

    3. This is one of those books; when you’re reading it…you really feel like you’re reading something IMPORTANT! You recognize there is a subtly to his observations that is just out of reach of your understanding. He is pushing your mind as you read, and for me, this bears re-reading even though I just finished it.He was a theologian, and I think you can sense he is approaching his subject from a religious perspective. But in no way is it directly about religion or theology, which is blessing. [...]

    4. This book is a series of letters written from 1923 to 1925 in contemplation of the author's nostalgia in response to returning home to Italy after having grown up in Germany. He muses over the effects of culture and consciousness in developing technology, and how that effects our relationships to ourselves and to nature. They are quite thoughtful and insightful, and interesting in their particular context between WWI and WWII by someone close to two of the Axis powers. They are also interesting [...]

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