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Religions 2017, 8(4), 65;

Incarnating the Unknown: Planetary Technologies for a Planetary Community

Department of Religious Studies, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, DM 301A, Miami, FL 33199, USA
Academic Editor: Noreen Herzfeld
Received: 1 February 2017 / Revised: 23 March 2017 / Accepted: 5 April 2017 / Published: 12 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and the New Technologies)
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This article suggests that current technological development is based upon outdated ways of understanding human beings as “exceptional” to the rest of the natural world. As such, these technologies help serve to reify certain human lives at the expense of others. I argue that such exceptionalism depends upon an understanding of transcendence that is totally other. Using examples such as “Earthrise” and the UN’s International Treaty on Outer Space, I argue that an immanent understanding of “the other” renegotiates how we understand our embeddedness within the rest of the evolving planetary community. As part of renegotiating a planetary anthropology, we must also begin rethinking technologies as for the planet (not just for humans). View Full-Text
Keywords: Planetarity; new materialisms; wicked problems; earth ethics Planetarity; new materialisms; wicked problems; earth ethics
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