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(Post)phenomenological Approach to Homo Sapiens Technicus
(Post)phenomenological Approach to Homo Sapiens Technicus

Author(s): Vassil Vidinsky
Subject(s): Philosophy, Special Branches of Philosophy
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Homo sapiens technicus; body schema; body image; context; distext; circular causation.

Summary/Abstract: In this paper I use a (post)phenomenological approach to clarify the objective cultural expansion of our technology. Thus, I establish a conceptual analogy between two different philosophical analyses of human– machine relations – one historical and one phenomenological. I develop the analogy between them and their corresponding concepts in several steps. (1) First, I present the Homo sapiens technicus tendency and then the phenomenological differentiation between body schema and body image. All of these elucidate our involvement with machines. (2) Then, I conceptualize the term ‘context’, coupling its structural stability with the idea of distextaulity in order to achieve a better empirical understanding of our technological contradictions. (3) I continue to develop and enrich the analogy by illuminating the functional similarities – fluid boundary, automation, complexity – between contextual structures on the one hand and body schemata on the other. (4) Finally, I explore a deeper causal and narrative connection between those strands, shedding light on an interesting twofold circularity: a circular causation and a double narrative within Homo sapiens technicus.

  • Issue Year: XII/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 31-36
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English