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  • Main Title Between Logos and Eros: New Orleans' Confrontation with Modernity


  • Author: Moore, Erin Christine
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Frodeman, Robert
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Kaplan, David
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Klaver, Irene
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2008-05
  • Digitized: 2008-09-10


  • English


  • Content Description: This thesis examines the environmental and social consequences of maintaining the artificial divide between thinking and feeling, mind and matter, logos and eros. New Orleans, a city where the natural environment and human sensuality are both dominant forces, is used as a case study to explore the implications of our attempts to impose rational controls on nature - both physical and human nature. An analysis of New Orleans leading up to and immediately following Hurricane Katrina (2005) reveals that the root of the trouble in the city is not primarily environmental, technological, political, or sociological, but philosophical: there is something amiss in the relationship between human rationality and the corporeal world. I argue that policy decisions which do not include the contributions of experts from the humanities and qualitative social sciences - persons with expertise on human emotions, intentions, priorities and desires - will continue to be severely compromised.


  • Keyword: Philosophy of technology
  • Keyword: policy
  • Keyword: Hurricane Katrina
  • Keyword: New Orleans
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: New Orleans (La.) -- Politics and government.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: New Orleans (La.) -- Social conditions.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: New Orleans (La.) -- Environmental conditions.


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Moore, Erin Christine
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 261413186
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc6073


  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Philosophy
  • Academic Department: Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas