Archives For Idols

 

No one is Unaffected.
 
A Brief Review of

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life
Elizabeth Scalia

Paperback: Ave Maria Press, 2013.
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Reviewed by Scott Elliott
 
There have been several recent books published on the subject of the idolatry, so I did not know what to expect when I began Elizabeth Scalia’s new book Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life. Would she merely echo what others had written? Would she present any new insights on this age old problem? Would this be a book I would recommend knowing there are other great books on the subject? I found Strange Gods to be an enjoyable read that challenged me to look at the idols in my own life.
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“There’s No Such Thing as an Imageless World…
And It’s a Good Thing, too

A review of
On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods

by Bruno Latour
.

Review by Chris Smith.


Bruno Latour - The Factish GodsOn the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods
Bruno Latour
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Paperback: Duke Univ. Press, 2011.
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As a graduate student in philosophy of science over a decade ago, I was deeply moved by the work of Bruno Latour, and particular his work (co-written with Steve Woolgar) Laboratory Life: The Social Construction of Scientific Facts, which is a bold critique that drives at the heart of what science is.  Although Latour has, in recent years, grown increasingly skeptical of social criticism, he remains one of the clearest and most sensible social philosophers of our age.  Thus, I was intrigued by his newest work, a slim volume of three essays entitled On The Modern Cult of the Factish Gods.

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