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Technology and the Trajectory of Myth

David Grant, Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne Law School and formerly Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney and Lyria Bennett Moses, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney, Australia
This book presents an entirely new way of understanding technology, as the successor to the dominant ideologies that have underpinned the thought and practices of the Western world. Like the preceding ideologies of Deity, State and Market, technology displays the features of a modern myth, promising to deal with our existential concerns on condition of our subjection to them. Utilising robust empirical evidence, David Grant and Lyria Bennett Moses argue that the pathway out of this mythological maze is the production of means to establish a new sense of political, corporate and personal self-responsibility.
Extent: 272 pp
Hardback Price: $125.00 Web: $112.50
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 996 4
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  • Internet and Technology Law
  • Legal Philosophy
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  • Regulation and Governance
Important and original, this book presents an entirely new way of understanding Technology – as the successor to the dominant ideologies that have underpinned the thought and practices of the West. Like Deity, State and Market, Technology displays the features of a modern myth, promising to deal with our existential concerns by creating a fully empowered sense of the individual on condition of our subjection to it.

David Grant and Lyria Bennett Moses examine the dynamics of each of these ideologies, showing how Technology shares their mythological characteristics. They argue that this new myth has not only dominated science to establish its credentials but, utilising robust empirical evidence, they show how law has been imbued with mythological thinking. Demonstrating that law adopts a mythological approach in attempting to regulate technology, they argue that the pathway out of this mythological maze is to establish a new sense of political, corporate and personal self-responsibility.

Students and scholars working in the field of emerging technologies and their relationship to politics, corporations, science, law, ethics, and any combination thereof, will find herein a wealth of new directions for their studies. Legal theorists and legal philosophers in particular will find much food for thought in the presentation of this new paradigm.

‘This is a challenging and sophisticated book, with an original thesis. It is intriguing at many levels: part assessment of the new worlds of modern technologies, part a work of deeply engaged intellectual history, part itself a philosophy of history, part a treatise on the proper relations between law, regulation and technology. Underlying all this is a philosophically deeply grounded plea that we not succumb to “mythologising” the new technologies, as we have over ages succumbed to the (successive) mythologies of Deity, State and Market, but take responsibility for our lives. It is a timely, powerful and arresting work.’
– Martin Krygier, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Contents: Introduction 2. The Mythological Trajectory 3. Science and Mythology 4. Attitudes towards Emerging Technologies 5. Gene Technology and the Mythology of the Legislative Process 6. Law and the Trajectory of Myth 7. Conclusion: Technology need not be Mythological Bibliography Index