From Faust to Strangelove: Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature
They were mad, of course. Or evil. Or godless, amoral, arrogant, impersonal, and inhuman. At best, they were well-intentioned but blind to the dangers of forces they barely controlled. They were Faust and Frankenstein, Jekyll and Moreau, Caligari and Strangelove--the scientists of film and fiction, cultural archetypes that reflected ancient fears of tampering with the unknown or unleashing the little-understood powers of nature.
In From Faust to Strangelove Roslyn Haynes offers the first detailed and comprehensive study of the image of the scientist in Western literature and film--from medieval images of alchemists to present-day depictions of cyberpunks and genetic engineers.
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Whereas Europeans , with their longstanding literary tradition of a golden age
located irretrievably in the past , were aware of those cultural values that had
been marginalized by science , 3 for Americans scientific progress was basically
Indeed , any argument starting from these premises must infallibly end in a denial
of the real existence of values . " 36 Huxley not only saw many of the alleged
benefits of technology as illusory but also came to regard science as a root cause
These values can be identified as follows : 1 . ... Efficiency as an intrinsically
moral value 4 . ... by identifying the above factors with culturally induced
suppression of male emotions in accordance with the inherent values of a
patriarchal society .
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