Publish: 2021
Publisher: Philosophy Documentation Center

This special issue of Philosophy Today titled “Philosophy after Automation” seeks to ask: What is the status of philosophy in the epoch of technological automation? The history of automata in the West can be traced from the ancient Greeks’ automata-slave double to the moderns’ fear of robot revolts, passing by various periods, notably, the early modern time closely associated with the mechanism of Descartes and the calculating machine of Leibniz, the cybernetic movement in the 20th century—a history which is often reduced to a simple term “machine”. This long history of technology also leads to what Heidegger calls “the end of Western philosophy”. How then could philosophy reflect on its own condition in view of such an end? “Philosophy after Automation” attempts to resituate philosophy in the history of technological automation and vice versa.

Edited by Yuk Hui with contributions by Hiroki Azuma, Babette Babich, Eduardo Vivieros de Castro, Howard Caygill, Pieter Lemmens, Katerina Kolozova, Michał Krzykawski, Anna Longo, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Bernard Stiegler.

Philosophy Today
Volume 65 Issue 2 2021

Special Issue: “Philosophy after Automation”
Guest Editor: Yuk HUI


Table of Contents

Part I: Interventions

Yuk Hui, Philosophy after Automation?

Jean-Luc Nancy: Automation, Alteration

Bernard Stiegler, Elements for a neganthropology of automatic man

Michał Krzykawski, Towards Idiodiversity. Retranslating Cybernetics

Ana Longo, The Automation of Philosophy or the Game of Induction

Babette Babich, On Necropolitics and Techno-Scotosis

Howard Caygill, Heidegger and the Automatic Earth Image

Yuk Hui, On the Limit of Artificial Intelligence

Katerina Kolozova, The artifact of non-humanity: a materialist account of the signifying automaton and its physical support in a fantasized unity


Part II: Dialogues

Pieter Lemmens and Yuk Hui: Landscapes of Technological Thoughts

Eduardo Vivieros de Castro and Yuk Hui: For a Strategic Primitivism

Hiroki Azuma and Yuk Hui: Homo animalis, a Japanese futurism