The public thing

Subtitle:On the idea of a politics of artefacts
Authors/others:Coeckelbergh, Mark (University of Twente)

Is there a politics of artifacts, and if so, what does it mean? Defining the issue as a problem about the relation between the human and the non-human, I argue that our common philosophical concepts bar us from an adequate understanding of this problem. Using the work of Hannah Arendt and Bruno Latour, I explore an escape route that involves a radical redefinition of the social. But the cost of this solution is high: we would lose the metaphysical foundation for our belief in the absolute value and dignity of humans. We should pay that prize only if we gain a better understanding of what we are doing and what we want to do together - with things.

Number of pages:7
Date of publication:2009
Journal title:Research in Philosophy and Technology
Peer reviewed:true
Publication Type:Article