Modern technology as a denaturalizing force

Poiesis and Praxis 4 (4):289-302 (2006)
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Abstract

Modern technological discourse and practices are the outcome of numerous changes in our cultural makeup. The most intriguing question regards the kind of human sensibilities and character traits manifested by technological practices. What, in other words, is the phenomenology of a given practice? In this paper, I argue that technological interventions not only usurp the natural for the sake of the cultural, thereby leaving no room for an independent natural realm; by conquering and taking control of the natural through technology, humans introduce major conceptual change. They break down the conceptual boundaries between nature and culture, causing them to collapse

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