David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 168 (3):469 - 491 (2009)
The history of British cybernetics offers us a different form of science and engineering, one that does not seek to dominate nature through knowledge. I want to say that one can distinguish two different paradigms in the history of science and technology: the one that Heidegger despised, which we could call the Modern paradigm, and another, cybernetic, nonModern, paradigm that he might have approved of. This essay focusses on work in the 1950s and early 1960s by two of Britain’s leading cyberneticians, Stafford Beer and Gordon Pask, in the field of what one can call biological computing. My object is to get as clear as I can on what Beer and Pask were up to. At the end, I will discuss Beer’s hylozoist ontology of matter, mind and spirit. This material is not easy to get the hang of—but that is what one should expect from an unfamiliar paradigm.
|Keywords||Cybernetics Computing Biological computing Design Stafford Beer Gordon Pask Martin Heidegger Hylozoism|
|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
Bruno Latour (1993). We Have Never Been Modern. Harvard University Press.
Andrew Pickering (1995). The Mangle of Practice Time, Agency, and Science. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
W. Ross Ashby (1953). Design for a Brain. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 4 (14):169-173.
Norbert Wiener (1949). Cybernetics. Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine. Journal of Philosophy 46 (22):736-737.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
L. A. R. (1953). Book Review:Cybernetics: Circular Causal and Feedback Mechanisms in Biological and Social Systems H. Von Foerster. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 20 (4):346-.
Glenn Negley (1951). Cybernetics and Theories of Mind. Journal of Philosophy 48 (September):574-82.
Derek Partridge (1995). On the Difficulty of Really Considering a Radical Novelty. Minds and Machines 5 (3):391-410.
W. Ross Ashby (1956). An Introduction to Cybernetics. New York, J. Wiley.
Ulrich Krohs (2009). Functions as Based on a Concept of General Design. Synthese 166 (1):69-89.
Helen Kennedy (2012). Net Work: Ethics and Values in Web Design. Palgrave Macmillan.
Steven D. Hales (ed.) (2007). Beer & Philosophy: The Unexamined Beer Isn't Worth Drinking. Blackwell Pub..
Masudul Alam Choudhury & Mohammad Shahadat Hossain (2010). Neuro-Cybernetics of Socio-Scientific Systems. Mind and Society 9 (1):59-83.
Titus R. Neumann, Susanne Huber & Heinrich H. Bülthoff (2001). Artificial Systems as Models in Biological Cybernetics. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (6):1071-1072.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads52 ( #87,469 of 1,938,821 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #100,512 of 1,938,821 )
How can I increase my downloads?