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Record number 551896
Title Seeing Through the Fumes: Technology and Asymmetry in the Anthropocene
Author(s) Zwier, Jochem; Blok, Vincent
Source Human Studies (2019). - ISSN 0163-8548
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10746-019-09508-4
Department(s) Philosophy
WASS
Business Management & Organization
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Anthropocene - Asymmetry - Bataille - Cybernetics - Earth - Heidegger
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.

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