Zizek and the ontological emergence of technology

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Hourigan, Daniel. 2009. "Zizek and the ontological emergence of technology." Cosmos and History: the journal of natural and social philosophy. 5 (2), pp. 250-263.
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Zizek and the ontological emergence of technology

ERA Journal ID8359
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AuthorHourigan, Daniel
Journal TitleCosmos and History: the journal of natural and social philosophy
Journal Citation5 (2), pp. 250-263
Number of Pages14
Year2009
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN1832-9101
Web Address (URL)http://www.cosmosandhistory.org
Abstract

This discussion utilises the thought of Slavoj Zizek as a departure point to consider the ontological emergence of technology as techne in the conceptual encounter of the Abyss in Being. Following Heidegger, Zizek's critique examines the ontical and ontological implications of modern science. His championing of the political Cause makes the social realm essential for Zizek's turn against the possible domination of a deterministic, technical, and scientific rationality. The problem of modern science dominating subjectivity with objectivity, i.e. the reduction of humanity to a biogenetic structure, calls for an opening of the deadlock of rationalist determinism with the facilitation of envaluating Being, lest we be cut off from intersubjectivity by a psychotic breakdown. It is precisely in the lack of control we have of other people, the reliance on others, that we come to revivify our mastery of who we are and our actions. In the Zizekian mode the ethical 'ought' is not an obstacle in the path of modern science but a guide, an epochal constellation of value and understanding occurring in the socio-political realm that emancipates itself from the naive resignation inculcated by the deterministic causality of rationalisation. The aim of this paper is to explore how Zizek understands this envaluing as the 'mythologisation of technology'.

KeywordsMartin Heidegger; psycholanalysis; internalization; ontology; intersubjectivity; metaphysics; technology; material culture; psychoses
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441007. Sociology and social studies of science and technology
500207. History of ideas
500309. Metaphysics
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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