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Without Nature?A New Condition for Theology$
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David Albertson and Cabell King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230693

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230693.001.0001

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Technological Worlds and the Birth of Nature: On Human Creation and Its Theological Resonance in Heidegger and Serres

Technological Worlds and the Birth of Nature: On Human Creation and Its Theological Resonance in Heidegger and Serres

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(p.304) Technological Worlds and the Birth of Nature: On Human Creation and Its Theological Resonance in Heidegger and Serres
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Without Nature?
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Thomas A. Carlson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230693.003.0014

This chapter addresses the relationship between human nature and the technological possibility of personal re-creation. It identifies a stream of philosophical and theological anthropology that defines the human, paradoxically, as that which can never be finally defined. If this is true, it would be a threat to human nature if technology eliminated all chance and ignorance or if reactions to genetic technology insisted on a single human definition. It proposes that the human possibility might be understood in terms of love, that is, a natural openness that precludes definition.

Keywords:   nature, human nature, personal re-creation, love

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