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Record number 532798
Title Earthing Technology : Toward an Eco-centric Concept of Biomimetic Technologies in the Anthropocene
Author(s) Blok, Vincent
Source Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 21 (2017)2/3. - ISSN 1091-8264 - p. 127 - 149.
DOI https://doi.org/10.5840/techne201752363
Department(s) Management Studies
WASS
Philosophy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Abstract In this article, we reflect on the conditions under which new technologies emerge in the Anthropocene and raise the question of how to conceptualize sustainable technologies therein. To this end, we explore an eco-centric approach to technology development, called biomimicry. We discuss opposing views on biomimetic technologies, ranging from a still anthropocentric orientation focusing on human management and control of Earth’s life-support systems, to a real eco-centric concept of nature, found in the responsive conativity of nature. This concept provides the ontological and the epistemological condition for an eco-centric concept of biomimetic technologies in the Anthropocene. We distinguish five principles for this concept that can guide future technological developments.
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