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The Spatialization of the World. Technology, Modernity, and the Effacement of the Human

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Malpas, J ORCID: 0000-0003-4378-8937 2018 , 'The Spatialization of the World. Technology, Modernity, and the Effacement of the Human' , Phainomena, vol. 27, no. 106-10 , pp. 91-108 , doi: 10.32022/PHI27.2018.106-107.4.

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Abstract

The idea of progress, commitment to which has been a definingfeature of modernity, has almost always been associated with a belief inthe progressive possibilities inherent in technology. The improvementof the world—even the achievement of some sort of utopia—has thusbeen seen as tied to the increasing technological mastery of the world.Yet, there are good reasons to suppose that the optimistic progressivismassociated with technological modernism is misplaced, and thatregardless of the various instantiations of modernity, with whichtechnology is associated, and regardless, too, of the many benefits ofparticular technological advances and devices, the essential structure oftechnology conceals a danger within it. The key claim in this argumentis that technological modernity is intimately connected with a certain mode of spatialization, and through this, to a blindness to, or even a refusal of,the necessary limits within which even technology itself comes to be. As a result,there is an essential contradiction within technological modernity that threatensthe very possibility of a genuinely human—or ethical—form of life.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Malpas, J
Keywords: ethics, human being, limit, number, place, space
Journal or Publication Title: Phainomena
Publisher: Zalozba Nova Revija
ISSN: 1318-3362
DOI / ID Number: 10.32022/PHI27.2018.106-107.4
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