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The object that technology is not and how we can relate to it

(2022) FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE. 27(2). p.581-585
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I reply to two comments to my paper "Subjectivity and transcendental illusions in the Anthropocene," by Johannes Schick and Melentie Pandilovski. Schick expands on the possibility that technical objects become "other" in a Levinasian sense, making use of Simondon's three-layered structure of technical objects. His proposal is to free technical objects and install a different relationship between humankind and technology. I see two major difficulties in Schick's proposal. These difficulties are based on a number of features of current digital technology which make it difficult to enter the proposed ethical relationship with it. A first cluster of difficulties consists of the phenomena of blackboxing, the intimate interwovenness of inventing technologies and profit on all levels of the technical object, and the ownership of and control over technologies. A second cluster revolves around the impossibility of a symmetrical relationship with the hyperobject because of current technology's hyperobject-like nature. Next I discuss Pandilovski's comments, where I point out that phenomenology is more encompassing than the study of having conscious experiences, and that phenomenology is essentially a method, rather than a collection of results.
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Emmanuel Levinas, (Nano-)technology, Blackboxing, Vilem Flusser, Hyperobject, Gilbert Simondon

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De Preester, Helena. “The Object That Technology Is Not and How We Can Relate to It.” FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE, vol. 27, no. 2, 2022, pp. 581–85, doi:10.1007/s10699-020-09743-4.
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De Preester, H. (2022). The object that technology is not and how we can relate to it. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-020-09743-4
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De Preester, Helena. 2022. “The Object That Technology Is Not and How We Can Relate to It.” FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-020-09743-4.
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De Preester, Helena. 2022. “The Object That Technology Is Not and How We Can Relate to It.” FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE. doi:10.1007/s10699-020-09743-4.
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De Preester H. The object that technology is not and how we can relate to it. Vol. 27, FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE. 2022. p. 581–5.
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H. De Preester, “The object that technology is not and how we can relate to it,” FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE, vol. 27, no. 2. pp. 581–585, 2022.
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  url          = {{http://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-020-09743-4}},
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