Ghost in the Shell 2, technicity and the subject

Hourigan, Daniel ORCID: (2013) Ghost in the Shell 2, technicity and the subject. Film-Philosophy, 17 (1). pp. 51-67.

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This discussion examines how Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence questions what remains of being human and the assemblage of humanity when the human and the machine collide and elide their limit of differentiation. It will be shown how the film's predilection for technology in its narrative content and technological rationalism in its wider conceptual embedding reconstructs humanity but rejects the metaphysical valuation of humanity through notions of dignity, taboo, respect, affect, and so forth. By connecting this twin problematic of ontological difference and metaphysical poverty to the ontological philosophy of Martin Heidegger and psychoanalytic philosophy of Slavoj Zizek, this paper aims to unearth and lay bare the paradoxes inherent in the view of technology and society deployed by Innocence and how the film is able to, in the presence of these explicitly ontological paradoxes, put the question of what constitutes a human Subject into crisis by coding it as a symptom.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Apr 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Apr 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 05:41
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 06:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oshii; Ghost in the Shell 2; Wachowski; The Matrix Reloaded; Heidegger; Zizek; Lacan; Parmenides; psychoanalysis; ontology; metaphysics
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360501 Cinema studies
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500309 Metaphysics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies

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