Talk (26th Oct. 2023, Taipei): Philosophy after Automation

【Vanguard Summit 10】The World Turned Upside Down? Cultural Sea Change in the Era of AI: 1st Event


Topic: Philosophy after Automation

Speaker: Yuk HUI(Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Human Conditions, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Moderator: Hsien-hao Liao (Distinguished Professor of Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NTU)

Time: 2023/10/26(Thursday)15:00-17:00 (GMT+8)

Venue: Conference Hall, College of Liberal Arts, NTU


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Speaker’s Bio:

Yuk HUI is currently a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Human Conditions at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Hui wrote his doctoral thesis under the French philosopher Bernard Stiegler at Goldsmiths College London and obtained his Habilitation from the Leuphana University Lüneburg. He is the author of several monographs that have been translated into a dozen languages, including On the Existence of Digital Objects (2016), The Question Concerning Technology in China -An Essay in Cosmotechnics (2016), Recursivity and Contingency ( 2019), Art and Cosmotechnics (2021) and forthcoming Machine and Sovereignty (2024). Hui has been a juror of the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture since 2020 and convenor of the Research Network for Philosophy and Technology since 2014.



“Philosophy after automation” is an attempt to reflect on the possibility of philosophy after its completion in cybernetics, as claimed by Martin Heidegger. It is presented here as both a question and an imperative. It serves as an invitation to ask what is the place of automation in philosophy, especially that of our time—the prefix auto– already signifies an auto-position and auto-nomy; at the same time, philosophy demands a deepened reflection on automation as its condition of existence. This talk will reconstruct the history of modern Western philosophy, departing from Kant’s Critique of Judgment and situating cybernetics within this history in order to elaborate on a new condition of philosophizing.

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