Mapping cultural and natural landscape: metaphors in mapping human nature

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dc.contributor.author Du Toit, Cornel W
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-10T08:33:03Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-10T08:33:03Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation DU TOIT, C.W. 2006. Mapping cultural and natural landscape: metaphors in mapping human nature. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 2(2):289-309, Dec. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3889
dc.description.abstract The article uses the cartographic metaphor to describe the relations between culture and nature, science and life world, signifier and signified. Modernism may be defined as a project to map the whole of human reality to ensure our comprehension and control of it. The Hobbes-Boyle controversy is cited by way of example. Today this project is under critical scrutiny, because there is more to the world than what is captured in maps. The main example of control and reduction of meaning is the way human nature is defined. Nowadays the main factor is not so much ideology of one kind or another but, increasingly, technoscience. Mapping the future of humankind will depend on successful integration of humans with nature, faith with reason, natural sciences with human sciences, physicality with spirituality. Heidegger provides an example of a meaningful way to integrate science and technology with the human life world. Finally, the self-transcending character of human culture remains the driving force behind the process. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Mapping en
dc.subject Science en
dc.subject Culture and human nature en
dc.subject Modernism en
dc.subject Cartography en
dc.subject Metaphors en
dc.subject Cultural geography en
dc.subject Technoscientific identity en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.title Mapping cultural and natural landscape: metaphors in mapping human nature en
dc.type Article en

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