Currently on strike! but over at the OU I was moderating an MA forum on styles of philosophy, so decided to go for broke with a post on ‘Theory Fiction, Mad Black Deleuzeanism and the Posthuman Void’. God knows what my poor students will make of it, but sometimes you just have to go for […]
I’m currently in London following a three-day deep dive into continental philosophy at the Society of European Philosophy/Forum of European Philosophy Joint conference at Royal Holloway University in Egham (The text of my paper is available here). The quality of both panels and keynotes was extremely high, with some particularly impeccable scholarship on display. Adrian […]
This is the third, possibly the last, of an informal series of posts considering the relationship between unbound posthumanism and the Non-Philosophy of François Laruelle. Here, rather than vaingloriously attempting to criticize Laruelle’s work, I simply attempt to note some contrasts and affinities. To summarise: the positions or projects are akin insofar as they question the […]
This is strange. I’m at my father’s for the weekend thinking how to turn my next book into objectionable trash no respectable academic publisher would touch. He has no internet and I haven’t paid for it. But here I am, presumably stealing packets from BT. I hope so. Or maybe I’m just paid up from […]
This issue looks like essential reading for anyone interested in the foundations of computationalism in Cog Sci and Phil Mind.
[Here’s an unpublished dictionary entry on Donald Davidson (from 2004). A modified version is to be found in the 2005 Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy (John Protevi ed.)] Donald Davidson (b. 1917, d. 2003), American philosopher whose essays on language, mind and knowledge extend Quine’s attack on the reification of meaning and epistemological foundationalism. In […]
DanDennett from Dario Ringach on Vimeo.
James Hughes interviews transhumanist philosopher Max More in this podcast from Changesurfer Radio. More provides a critique of technological determinist accounts of the singularity and advocates the adoption of a proactionary principle in opposition to the conservative terror reflex dignified under the rubric of ‘the precautionary principle’.
Contemporary transhumanists argue that humans can be technologically re-engineered to free them from limitations which have hampered their life chances throughout history: ageing, disease, restricted cognitive capacities, underdeveloped social virtues, scarcity-based economic rationing. This ethic is premised on prospective developments the so-called ‘NBIC’ suite of technologies – Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology, Cognitive Science – supplying […]