On the obsolescence of human beings in sustainable development

  title={On the obsolescence of human beings in sustainable development},
  author={Ulrike Ehgartner and Peter C. Gould and Marc Hudson},
  journal={Global Discourse},
ABSTRACTIn 1956, the Jewish-German philosopher Gunther Anders developed a philosophical anthropology on the technological and moral challenges of his time. Anders suggested the societal changes that arose with the industrial age opened a gap between the capability of individuals to produce machines and their ability to imagine and deal with the consequences caused by this capability. He argues that a ‘Promethean gap’ manifests in academic and scientific thinking and leads to an extensive… Expand
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