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Epilogue What Do I Love When I Love My Machine?

in Secularism in Antebellum America

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226533230
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226533254 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226533254.003.0006
Epilogue What Do I Love When I Love My Machine?

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This chapter focuses on the question of agency in the context of secularism in antebellum American. It analyzes engagement with machines as depicted in the lives of Captain Ahab and John Murray Spear and suggests that they represent a new kind of agency born of deterministic schemes. This chapter also considers the powers of public Protestantism during the 1850s and examines the force relations that were involved in and established by conceiving of and inhabiting religion in a particular way.

Keywords: secularism; antebellum America; machines; Captain Ahab; John Murray Smith; deterministic schemes; public Protestantism; force relations; religion

Chapter.  8664 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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