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Harmonising Physis and Techne: The Mediating Role of Philosophy

Harmonising Physis and Techne: The Mediating Role of Philosophy Philos. Technol. (2011) 24:1–3 DOI 10.1007/s13347-010-0012-5 EDITOR LETTER Harmonising Physis and Techne: The Mediating Role of Philosophy Luciano Floridi Published online: 27 January 2011 Springer-Verlag 2011 An interesting way of looking at the history of cultures is in terms of the increasing distance of human life from the natural course of events, thanks to an ever- thickening layer of technological mediations. A culture (not necessarily a good culture, let alone a civilization) emerges when a society is able to detach itself from the physical world (physis), and generate sufficient resources to express itself with some stability. From the division of labour to sheer oppression, from the invention of tools to the creation of weapons, there must be at least a fissure between surviving and living, where the seeds of a culture can take root non-ephemerally. A culture therefore can be pre-historical (no recordings) but hardly pre-technological; “hardly” because, exceptionally, such breaking away from physis may be achievable by barehanded individuals in unaided contexts. In theory, nothing prevents extraordinary people from planting some cultural seeds even when life is flattened into survival two- dimensionally, here and now. In practice, however, cultures tend to emerge and flourish only behind the dam http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Technology Springer Journals

Harmonising Physis and Techne: The Mediating Role of Philosophy

Philosophy & Technology , Volume 24 (1) – Jan 27, 2011

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2011 by Springer-Verlag
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Philosophy; Philosophy of Technology
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2210-5433
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2210-5441
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10.1007/s13347-010-0012-5
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Philos. Technol. (2011) 24:1–3 DOI 10.1007/s13347-010-0012-5 EDITOR LETTER Harmonising Physis and Techne: The Mediating Role of Philosophy Luciano Floridi Published online: 27 January 2011 Springer-Verlag 2011 An interesting way of looking at the history of cultures is in terms of the increasing distance of human life from the natural course of events, thanks to an ever- thickening layer of technological mediations. A culture (not necessarily a good culture, let alone a civilization) emerges when a society is able to detach itself from the physical world (physis), and generate sufficient resources to express itself with some stability. From the division of labour to sheer oppression, from the invention of tools to the creation of weapons, there must be at least a fissure between surviving and living, where the seeds of a culture can take root non-ephemerally. A culture therefore can be pre-historical (no recordings) but hardly pre-technological; “hardly” because, exceptionally, such breaking away from physis may be achievable by barehanded individuals in unaided contexts. In theory, nothing prevents extraordinary people from planting some cultural seeds even when life is flattened into survival two- dimensionally, here and now. In practice, however, cultures tend to emerge and flourish only behind the dam

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Published: Jan 27, 2011

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