Opposing the “technocratic paradigm” and “appreciating the small things”

Robert Mckim

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Pope Francis begins his critique of what he calls the “technocratic paradigm” by complaining about “the way that humanity has taken up technology and its development according to an undifferentiated and one-dimensional paradigm exalts the concept of a subject who, using logical and rational procedures, progressively approaches and gains control over an external object”. The mention of technology linked to business interests draws attention to another aspect of the technocratic paradigm, one that was already mentioned in passing. If the technocratic paradigm is a central part of the problem, a central part of the solution is “to recover the values and the great goals swept away by our unrestrained delusions of grandeur”. The Pope’s emphasis on the individual, the small, and the local, and on what individuals can accomplish wherever they may find themselves and whatever their circumstances, are among the potentially most fruitful ideas in Laudato Si’.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLaudato Si’ and the Environment
Subtitle of host publicationPope Francis’ Green Encyclical
EditorsRobert McKim
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780429492068
ISBN (Print)9781138588813
StatePublished - Sep 19 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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