This essay was undertaken by one among six contributors to a shared project. Three Christians and three others had agreed that chapter 15 - 'The Imminent Frame' - of Charles Taylor's massive A Secular Age would serve as a reference point for their project: to explore how they might cooperatively envisage a way into the future.
In the course of their consideration of Charles Taylor's A Secular Age, the six contributors to this project agreed that their essays should focus in part on the implications of Taylor's work for outlining a way into the future.
Four articles by Geoff Sharp from Arena issues between 1968 and 1992, in PDF format: 'Features of the Intellectually Trained', 'Intellectuals in Transition', 'Constitutive Abstraction and Social Practice', and 'Intellectual Interchange and Social Practice'
The internet is a global network of networks. It started with the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defense in 1969 with its four host computer systems at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford and the University of Utah, but it wasn't until 1976 with the development of packet-switching techniques able to traffic condensed packets of information between dissimilar network technologies that it incorporated other existing networks, and not until 1979 that it…
The central idea of this article has to do with those technologically extended forms of the social which range from writing to telecommunications. I want to suggest that they are associated with a distinctive form of identity and social being and that their proliferation in the present period contributes to that condition which is variously referred to as late modernity or, in line with my own preference, as postmodernity.