Philosophy of Technology


The Philosophy of Technology

Organized by Daniel G. Baird

Readings can be found HERE.

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“The essence of technology is by no means anything technological” Martin Heidegger
“We affirm that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car whose hood is adorned with great pipes, like serpents of explosive breath – a roaring car that seems to run on grapeshot is more beautiful than The Victory of Samoth-race (1910).” F.T. Marinetti
“The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck.” Paul Virilio

Reading list (subject to change)

 Week 1 (November 13th) 4:00pm

Plato – ‘on Prometheus and Epimetheus’ – 756 and 757
Martin Heidegger‘the Question Concerning Technology’ pg. 3-35, Martin Heidegger – Being and Time Tool Analysis


Martin Heidegger – The Age of World Picture

Week 2 (December 4th 3pm)

Bernard Stiegler – selections from ‘Technics and Time’,  Bernard Stiegler – ‘The Industrial Exteriorization of Memory’ Bernard Stiegler – Web Philosophy
Elaine Scary – ‘The Interior Structure of the Artifact’


Stiegler – A rational theory of miracles’ (interview), ‘The Ister’ clip

Week 3 (January 8th 3pm)

Gilles Deleuze – ‘Postscript on Societies of Control’
Bernard Stiegler – ‘Suffocated Desire, or how the cultural industry destroys the individual: Contribution to a theory of mass consumption’
Boris Groys – ‘Art Workers: Between Utopia and the Archive’
Peggy Ornstein – ‘I Tweet, Therefore I Am’


Olia Ialina – ‘Turing Complete User’
Rob Horning – ‘Google Alert for the Soul’

‘We Live in Public’ Documentary Movie – , ‘I forgot my phone’

Week 4 (January 22nd 3pm)

Jorge Louis Borges – ‘On Exactitude and Science’
Jean Baudrillard – selections from ‘the Perfect Crime’
Villem Flusser – selections from ‘A Philosophy of Design’ and ‘Towards a Philosophy of Photography’


Baudrillard – selections from ‘the Illusion of the End’ ,Endangered Species? – An interview with Jean Baudrillard,  John Kelsey – First level Spleen

Baudrillard’s photography

Week 5 (February 19th 3pm)

Paul Virilio – ‘the Accident Museum’ , ‘the Information Bomb’
Marinetti – ‘The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism’ , ‘Multiplied Man and the Reign of the Machine’, ‘We Abjure our Symbolist Masters, the Last Lovers of the Moon’

Theodore Kaczynski – ‘the Coming Revolution’


Paul Virilio – the State of Emergency’
Tero Karppi – ‘Death Proof: On the Biopolitics and Noopolitics of Memorializing Dead Facebook Users’
Olia Lialina – ‘Ruins and Templates of Geocities’
John Zerzan text –

Week 6 (March 12th 3pm)

Seth Price – ‘Dispersion’
Boris Groys – Art on the Internet
Michael Sanchez – ‘2009’
Hito Steryl – Is the Internet Dead?
Brad Troemel – ‘the Accidental Audience’

Bret Schneider – ‘Notes on Hell, Blogs’
Jose lit – ‘What to do with Pictures’
Baudrillard – ‘Implosion of Meaning’
Boris Groys – From Image to File and Back Again, Artie Vierkant – ‘Image Object Post-Internet’