Seeing Through the Fumes: Technology and Asymmetry in the Anthropocene

Human Studies 42 (4):621-646 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper offers a twofold ontological conceptualization of technology in the Anthropocene. On the one hand, we aim to show how the Anthropocene occasions an experience of our inescapable inclusion in the technological structuring of reality that Martin Heidegger associates with cybernetics. On the other hand, by confronting Heidegger’s thought on technology with Georges Bataille’s consideration of technological existence as economic and averted existence, we will criticize Heidegger’s account by arguing that notwithstanding its inescapable inclusion in cybernetics, technology in the Anthropocene itself fosters an experience of what remains excluded. We conclude by indicating how such an experience is relevant for contemporary philosophical investigation of technology.

Similar books and articles

Saving Earth: encountering Heidegger's philosophy of technology in the anthropocene.Jochem Zwier & Vincent Blok - 2017 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 21 (2/3):222-242.
Beyond Adaptation and Anthropomorphism.Danika Drury-Melnyk - 2017 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 21 (2/3):363-385.
The Parliament of Things and the Anthropocene: How to Listen to ‘Quasi-Objects’.Massimiliano Simons - 2017 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 21 (2/3):1-25.
Concerning Technology.Tracy Colony - 2009 - Idealistic Studies 39 (1-3):23-34.
Lost in the World of Technology with and after Heidegger.Susanna Lindberg - 2015 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (1):213-232.
The Question Concerning Geo-Engineering.Byron Williston - 2017 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 21 (2/3):199-221.
The Universality of Technology and the Independence of Things.Günter Figal - 2015 - Research in Phenomenology 45 (3):358-368.

Analytics

Added to PP
2019-06-07

Downloads
55 (#216,365)

6 months
24 (#49,042)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Jochem Zwier
Radboud University Nijmegen
Vincent Blok
Wageningen University and Research

Citations of this work

Philosophical Potencies of Postphenomenology.Martin Ritter - 2021 - Philosophy and Technology 34 (4):1501-1516.

Add more citations