T145
Postphenomenological Research: Technologies, Robots, and Human Identity
Convenor:
Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente)
Discussant:
Ciano Aydin (University of Twente/Delft University of Technology)
Stream:
Tracks
Location:
128
Start time:
3 September, 2016 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

New technologies, most notably in robotics, challenge existing frameworks to understand human identity and the relations between humans and technologies. This session will take up this challenge by investigating new human-technology relations and its implications for human self-understanding.

Long abstract:

New technologies, most notably in the field of robotics, are increasingly challenging existing frameworks to understand human identity and the relations between humans and technologies. This session will take up this challenge by investigating new human-technology relations and its implications for human self-understanding. One group of papers specifically focuses on robots and human experience. It will do so by investigating the character of human-robot interactions, the relations between human learning and robot learning, and the role of synesthesia in human-robot interactions. Also, it will address the role of human-robot relations in the posthumanism debate, and the implications of such relations for philosophical anthropology. A second group of papers will focus more specifically on technology and human identity, by rethinking central themes in philosophical anthropology and theories of human identity, like homeliness, anthropocentrism, and self-formation in relation to technology. Also, it will address the relations between technology and nihilism, the love of technology, and the possibilities to move beyond what is called the empirical turn in philosophy of technology.