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Noumenal Technology: Reflections on the Incredible Tininess of Nano

Nordmann, Alfred
Schummer, Joachim and Baird, Davis (eds.) :

Noumenal Technology: Reflections on the Incredible Tininess of Nano.
In: Nanotechnology Challenges: Implications for Philosophy, Ethics and Society. World Scientific Publishing , Singapore , pp. 49-72.
[Book Section], (2006)

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Item Type: Book Section
Title: Noumenal Technology: Reflections on the Incredible Tininess of Nano
Language: English
Abstract:

Noumena are distinct from phenomena. While the latter are the things as they appear to us and as we experience them, the noumena are the philosophically infamous and mysterious things-in- themselves.2 The “noumenal technology” referred to in the title of this paper would therefore appear to be a contradiction in terms: Technology is a human creation that involves human knowledge and serves human needs; this firmly roots it in phenomena and it appears absurd to speak of technology that exists beyond human perception and experience among the things-in-themselves. The noumenal world is nature uncomprehended, unexperienced, and uncontrolled; it is nature in the sense of uncultivated, uncanny otherness. By speaking of “noumenal technology” this paper argues that some technologies are retreating from human access, perception, and control, and thus assume the character of this uncanny otherness. Three seemingly disparate reflections prepare the formulation of this thesis, and the remaining sections work to establish at least its plausibility.

Title of Book: Nanotechnology Challenges: Implications for Philosophy, Ethics and Society
Place of Publication: Singapore
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing
Classification DDC: 000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft > 000 Allgemeines, Wissenschaft
100 Philosophie und Psychologie > 100 Philosophie
500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik > 500 Naturwissenschaften
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 600 Technik
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften
Divisions: 02 Department History and Social Science > Institute of Philosophy
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 15:21
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2017 15:21
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-69935
URI: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/6993
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