Twentieth-Century Renaissance?

by Donald N. Anderson, Chmn.; Dept. of Eco., Govt., and Hist., Union Community College, Union, NJ,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 3, Pg. 373-379

Document Type: Journal Paper


Similar to the earlier Renaissance the sources of the new modes of sensibility are philosophical and sociological rather than directly scientific. True, the view is in accord with scientific attitudes and is reinforced by science, but such effect is secondary. This will be discussed further in a second part of this report which will concern itself primarily with philosophy and with the arts and their relationship to the changes taking place. Under consideration will be such sub-topics as: (1) the new maturity of man; (2) the need for a new universalism; (3) communality; finding the true organic community; (4) ecology as the great, new social catalyst; (5) from Freud and Skinner to the new humanistic psychologists; (6) beware of the technocratic elite; and (7) the new Renaissance man: the multidisciplinary task force (with computer).

Subject Headings: Social factors | Ecosystems | Human factors | Computing in civil engineering

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