Onto-technics in Bryant, Harman and Nancy

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Lindberg , S E 2018 , ' Onto-technics in Bryant, Harman and Nancy ' , PhaenEx , vol. 12 , no. 2 , pp. 81-102 . https://doi.org/10.22329/p.v12i2.5034

Title: Onto-technics in Bryant, Harman and Nancy
Author: Lindberg, Susanna Elisabet
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Date: 2018-01-29
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: PhaenEx
ISSN: 1911-1576
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/234042
Abstract: My hypothesis in this article is that it is possible to use the philosophical concept of technics to solve a conflict in contemporary continental ontology between speculative materialist and (post)phenomenological approaches. More precisely, I will show that technics gives a privileged access to ontology because it leads to a “materialist” ontology, avoiding both theological and nihilistic approaches, and because technics, being by definition a domain of artificiality, precludes any explication of it in terms of naturalist materialism. I start by critically examining two techno-ontologies that come from speculative realism and object-oriented ontology: Levi R. Bryant’s onto-cartography and Graham Harman’s tool-being. I then present, as a counter-position, Jean-Luc Nancy’s idea of “ecotechnology”. In conclusion, I evaluate the usefulness of the concept of technics for ontology and argue that Nancy’s post-phenomenological approach is preferable because it avoids indefensible hypostases and is more attentive to its own discursive status.
Subject: 611 Philosophy

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