Gunther Anders's prolific philosophy of techlogy is undergoing a major revival but has never been translated into English. Prometheanism mobilises Anders's pragmatic thought and current trends in critical theory to rethink the constellations of power that are configuring themselves around our increasingly smart machines. The book offers a comprehensive introduction to Anders's philosophy of techlogy with an antated translation of his visionary essay `On Promethean Shame', part of The Obsolescence of Human Beings 1 published in 1956.The essay analyses feelings of curtailment, obsolescence and solitude that become manifest whilst we interact with machines. When techlogical solutions begin to make humans look embarrassingly limited and flawed, new emotional vulnerabilities are exposed. These need to be thought, because our wavering confidence leaves us unprotected in an ever more (un)transparent, connected yet fractured world.
Christopher John Muller is an Honorary Research Associate of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University and an Associate Teacher at the University of Bristol. His recent publications include `Desert Ethics: Technology and the Question of Evil in Gunther Anders and Jacques Derrida', Parallax (2015), 21 (1): 42-57 and `Style and Arrogance: The Ethics of Heidegger's Style', Style in Theory: Between Literature and Philosophy, ed. Ivan Callus, Gloria Lauri-Lucente, James Corby (Continuum, 2013), pp. 141-162. His work draws on Literature, Philosophy and Critical Theory to address the manner in which technological and linguistic structures shape human perception, agency and interaction.
Christopher John Muller, Gunther Anders
Rowman & Littlefield International
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Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics