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Who is Technology 'for'? The Questionably Absolute 'I'

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Technology as a total mode of representation – the conversion of everything into a “standing reserve”, a universal “readiness for use” – underpins much discussion of technology. While this can be easy to see, it can be difficult to see beyond.
We will ask: on what ground does technology stand? We ask: not “what is technology?”; but “who is technology ‘for’?” The question about technology as a ground of representation has its modern origins with Kant, and his use of the term “ontotheology”, and finds its highest representative in Hegel. Will catching sight of this earlier grounding allow us to see beyond “technological representation”, beyond even “who represents?”, perhaps behind and around representation as such?


NamePolitics, Philosophy and Religion
Date1/01/40 → …
LocationLancaster University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom