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By Roger Sworder

There are not any sacred cows for contemporary scientists. satirically, glossy technological know-how has itself develop into a sacred cow, of which we listen little or no feedback. yet sleek technological know-how has lengthy been denounced through the various wisest between us: our poets. The lengthy essay during this ebook considers six of the very maximum poets of the English language because the medical Revolution. None of them regarded as technological know-how what we now name technology. Nor did they regard as philosophy what we name philosophy. This essay heavily examines simply how deep is that this chasm on the middle of our tradition and our values--and it does so via many of the most interesting poetry in our language. Evolution, automation, and philosophical Taoism are mentioned in different places during this book.

“Most humans will suppose that to champion Romanticism opposed to sleek technology is to exalt subjectivism over objectivity, the irrational over the rational, and vagueness over precision. Robert Sworder, although, demonstrates that subjective experience--the common life of that's an goal fact--is easily one other procedure, with its personal legislation and method, to goal fact. He indicates how the genuine illustration of qualitative event calls for as excessive a level of precision as an operation in arithmetic, and the way the legislation of common sense don't mysteriously develop into invalid once they not have quantitative information to paintings upon. If the physicists might snatch the Romanticism the writer writes approximately (and from), they wouldn't so simply include metaphysical absurdity. facts with out context is an attack at the human shape; Roger Sworder in actual fact defines one of many priceless contexts with out which our humanity is in peril.”--Charles Upton, co-author of Shadow of the Rose: The Esoterism of the Romantic Tradition

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