Spectral machinery (or beyond essence and system)

Johnson, Laurie (2012) Spectral machinery (or beyond essence and system). Journal of Philosophy, 7 (17). pp. 40-59. ISSN 2072-036X


The prospects for a phenomenology of technology have been guided in the past decade by a split between supporters of Martin Heidegger and those who subscribe to Bernard Stiegler's critique of Heidegger. This essay proposes that both are needed for a phenomenology of what Edward Castronova calls 'synthetic worlds' (large on-line environments like Second Life and World of Warcraft). Here is a phenomenology that must take into account histories of design and technical evolution to account for the particular 'fantasy of disembodiment' that shapes a user's experience of a synthetic world, forgetting the bodily engagement with hardware.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 00:58
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 01:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: phenomenology; psychoanalysis; Bernard Stiegler; Martin Heidegger; technics
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220203 History and Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5840/jphilnepal20127175
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23363

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