Needs and desires: transcending the 'bipolar tendency' [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
AI and Society 28 (1):117-121 (2013)
The paper connects two of the concerns of this special issue: the way to transcend the ‘bipolar tendency’ of the market culture and to ‘deal with the swings between prophesies of doom that serve only to paralyse us further, and the unbridled consumerism that makes things worse’, and how to remain human when being mediated by technology in contrast to how we are in the presence of others. Our contribution is based on an extensive conception of human beings (HBs). HBs cannot be considered only as cognitive subjects but also in their anthropological integrity. What we mean by this that they think and feel, they share concepts and emotions, they plan and desire. It implies that any attempt at reducing this complexity is a way to diminish human beings and their capabilities. HBs need meaningful course of actions to manage complexity and to tackle alternatives. Meanings come from purposeful activities, and people’s purposes are based not only on utilitarian or rational enquiries but also on what they consider right and good, according to their vision of the world. This is also the key to overcome the ‘bipolar tendency’.
|Keywords||Needs and desires Modern capitalism artificial world Consumerism Sociality Civilization Narcissism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Sigmund Freud (1972). Civilization and its Discontents. In John Martin Rich (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Education. Belmont, Calif.,Wadsworth Pub. Co.
Citations of this work BETA
Sinead Somers & Larry Stapleton (forthcoming). E-Agricultural Innovation Using a Human-Centred Systems Lens, Proposed Conceptual Framework. AI and Society:1-10.
Similar books and articles
Raymond Geuss (2012). Economies: Good, Bad, Indifferent. Inquiry 55 (4):331-360.
J. Ci (2005). Taking the Reasons for Human Rights Seriously. Political Theory 33 (2):243 - 265.
Donald C. Hubin (1991). Irrational Desires. Philosophical Studies 62 (1):23 - 44.
Brendan Larvor (2003). The Formalising Tendency in Philosophy and Experimental Psychology. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 2 (4):337-352.
Amy L. Skinner (2010). Enhancing Pre-Service Students' Learning and Thinking About Bipolar Disorder Via Lecturer Descriptions of Living with Mental Illness. Inquiry 25 (1):29-38.
Julia A. Sherman (2006). Bipolar Disorder Evolved as an Adaptation to Severe Climate. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (4):421-422.
Massimo Cocchi, Lucio Tonello & Fabio Gabrielli, The Human Aspect of Christ Between Classic and Quantum Consciousness: Gethsemane - Anxiety & Depression Between Biochemistry & Anthropology.
Qingping Liu (2006). The Worldwide Significance of Chinese Aesthetics in the Twenty-First Century. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 1 (1):33-40.
Jeff McMahan (2010). The Laws of War. In Samantha Besson & John Tasioulas (eds.), The Philosophy of International Law. OUP Oxford
Christopher G. Framarin (2008). Unselfishness. International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):69-83.
Roger Säljö (2002). My Brain's Running Slow Today Â The Preference for ÂThings Ontologiesâ in Research and Everyday Discourse on Human Thinking. Studies in Philosophy and Education 21 (4/5):389-405.
Brian Scarlett (2004). On the Logic of Theocracy. Sophia 43 (1):3-22.
Susan Corrine Aaron (2002). A Technologically Mediated Phenomenon Affecting Human Dynamics. World Futures 58 (1):81 – 99.
Added to index2012-02-11
Total downloads10 ( #215,417 of 1,699,835 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #206,271 of 1,699,835 )
How can I increase my downloads?