Zizek and the ontological emergence of technology

Hourigan, Daniel (2009) Zizek and the ontological emergence of technology. Cosmos and History: the journal of natural and social philosophy, 5 (2). pp. 250-263.

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Abstract

This discussion utilises the thought of Slavoj Zizek as a departure point to consider the ontological emergence of technology as techne in the conceptual encounter of the Abyss in Being. Following Heidegger, Zizek's critique examines the ontical and ontological implications of modern science. His championing of the political Cause makes the social realm essential for Zizek's turn against the possible domination of a deterministic, technical, and scientific rationality. The problem of modern science dominating subjectivity with objectivity, i.e. the reduction of humanity to a biogenetic structure, calls for an opening of the deadlock of rationalist determinism with the facilitation of envaluating Being, lest we be cut off from intersubjectivity by a psychotic breakdown. It is precisely in the lack of control we have of other people, the reliance on others, that we come to revivify our mastery of who we are and our actions. In the Zizekian mode the ethical 'ought' is not an obstacle in the path of modern science but a guide, an epochal constellation of value and understanding occurring in the socio-political realm that emancipates itself from the naive resignation inculcated by the deterministic causality of rationalisation. The aim of this paper is to explore how Zizek understands this envaluing as the 'mythologisation of technology'.


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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 02:09
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 01:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: Martin Heidegger; psycholanalysis; internalization; ontology; intersubjectivity; metaphysics; technology; material culture; psychoses
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160808 Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220209 History of Ideas
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25926

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