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From Modernity to Cosmodernity: Science, Culture, and Spirituality by Basarab Nicolescu (review)

From Modernity to Cosmodernity: Science, Culture, and Spirituality by Basarab Nicolescu (review) Book Notes an ethics of masculinity "should be repudiated as an official value" (100), the value of sacrifice now is what makes the enemy despicable, leaving the warrior at a loss of traditional marks of masculinity: valor, bravery, courage. As a result, masculinity has had to be repositioned around an internal sacrificial structure, where the soldier is vulnerable to his own internal psychic forces. The concept of heroism as sacrifice is twisted, and the executioner becomes his own victim, traumatized by triggering his own internal guilt. As Chamayou reviews the evidence, incidents of post-traumatic stress disorder among drone operators are rare, even inconsequential, but public reports insist the number is high in order to "bestow upon this unilateral form of violence an ethico-heroic aura that could not otherwise be procured" (105). Insightfully, provocatively, and at times brilliantly, Chamayou's analysis continues to take apart the various concepts that have been inherited through the cultural traditions of war and reconstruct them as products of war's alienation and technologization. Nevertheless, I have two reservations. First, the moment of the machine is posed against a nostalgic "golden age" of liberalism that stays the same from Hobbes through Kant, Arendt, and Vietnam and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

From Modernity to Cosmodernity: Science, Culture, and Spirituality by Basarab Nicolescu (review)

symploke , Volume 23 (1) – Dec 31, 2015

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Book Notes an ethics of masculinity "should be repudiated as an official value" (100), the value of sacrifice now is what makes the enemy despicable, leaving the warrior at a loss of traditional marks of masculinity: valor, bravery, courage. As a result, masculinity has had to be repositioned around an internal sacrificial structure, where the soldier is vulnerable to his own internal psychic forces. The concept of heroism as sacrifice is twisted, and the executioner becomes his own victim, traumatized by triggering his own internal guilt. As Chamayou reviews the evidence, incidents of post-traumatic stress disorder among drone operators are rare, even inconsequential, but public reports insist the number is high in order to "bestow upon this unilateral form of violence an ethico-heroic aura that could not otherwise be procured" (105). Insightfully, provocatively, and at times brilliantly, Chamayou's analysis continues to take apart the various concepts that have been inherited through the cultural traditions of war and reconstruct them as products of war's alienation and technologization. Nevertheless, I have two reservations. First, the moment of the machine is posed against a nostalgic "golden age" of liberalism that stays the same from Hobbes through Kant, Arendt, and Vietnam and

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Published: Dec 31, 2015

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