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Title: Il metron della techne: apologia della diserzione
Authors: Cera, Agostino
Keywords: Anthropologytechnolatrypost-humanism
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Agostino Cera, "Il metron della techne: apologia della diserzione", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XIV (2012) 1, pp. 27-45
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XIV (2012) 1
Abstract: Moving from Roberto Marchesini’s – one of the exponent of the so called posthumanism – criticism against the dialectics “technophoby versus technomania”, this paper claims to point out and discuss the unexpressed anthropological assumption lying at the basis of a supposed unbiased approach to technology. In the idea of overcoming the traditional image of human being (essentialist and anthropocentric), which may be considered restrictive as it does not fully express its “being able to be”, a more specific thought is hidden: that human being were, in fact, a basically creature of lack (an integral Mängelwesen), needing healing and salvation. Technology was invested with such a sotheriological aim, so that it is its thaumaturgical virtue which has to redeem man. It realizes its purpose through a process called neoambientalità (neoenvironment), according with the following stages: pauperizzazione (pauperization) and ferinizzazione (feralization). Deprived of his own peculiar mondanità (wordliness), its having-world (Welt), human being becomes poorer from an ontological point of view and therefore placed into a mere environment (Umwelt) as an animal among the others. Such an environment that is not a physical or natural one, but a technological environment, which is why it is a neoenvironment. Behind the supposed technoequanimity claimed by posthumanism hides a pure technolatry. This argument lead us to affirm that discriminant and metron which has to be used in inquiring into the Frage nach der Tecnhik (the question concerning technology) is a fideistic one. In order to face it, philosophy must always answer to this question in one way: confirming its atheistic calling in referring to its own skeptical ethos. When technology, as shape of the contemporary world, claims its epochal injunction, philosophy has to make an act of supreme desertion.
ISSN: 1825-5167
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