By Toivo Koivukoski
During this distinct, enlightening monograph, Toivo Koivukoski explores the situations that experience led glossy society to exploit the concept that of development as a surrogate cosmology that provides members a feeling of position and function. by way of linking numerous ancient paradigms from German Idealist philosophy to modern philosophies of expertise, this paintings of political conception describes an alternate, immanent development of improvement that's, in a feeling, pushed via its personal accidental effects. The meditations defined inside of this ebook map out the hypertext pathways of our international method, making its constitutive relatives and underlying notion tactics obvious.
Koivukoski mirrors the recent hyper-realities of digital communications applied sciences via structuring the textual content in compact subchapters which are associated via an index of matters that enables readers to "find their very own philosophy" through leaping to parts of curiosity. If, as he argues, historical past understood in a linear, lockstep model is over, then the methods of constructing techniques may still swap respectively in order that the types of retrievals, anticipations, loops, and leaps that represent nonlinear, networked considering are consciously learned in an id of shape and substance.
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7. For an autobiographical account of the demands of living inside of technology written by a software engineer, see Ellen Ullman’s Close to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1997). Here is Ullman’s description of the twisted sense of time she experiences: I have no idea what time it is. There are no windows in this office and no clock, only the blinking red LED display of a microwave, which flashes 12:00, 12:00, 12:00, 12:00. Joel and I have been programming for days.
Perhaps this is where faith is now lacking, not in a lost belief in a world after this one but in the absence of myth to make sense of dreams and waking life. The conspicuous absence of a public trust in manifest worldly phenomena is especially remarkable when one considers the decline of what was once a prominent secular expression of faith: the belief in the progressive emancipation of human beings through technological development. Even this worldly faith has in a sense gone Gnostic, or out of this world, in that instead of sharing hope in the rationalization of human relations within nature via technological science, the secular-religious masses look forward to the next systemic crisis and the threat of technological and environmental apocalypse as their culturally and existentially binding experience.
In Schelling’s mind however, though history may indeed be driven by contradictions between distinct moments of consciousness, our desire to overcome those contradictions indicates an intuition of an original state of noncontradiction preexisting the self-divisions of spirit. The idea is that if we can somehow evoke the primordial, undifferentiated original state of being we can retrieve an open-ended potential for transfiguration. Freeing the present thus requires jumping back behind the determinations of the intervening succession of events in order to dwell in the pregnant moment of possibility before history began its unfolding.
After the Last Man: Excurses to the Limits of the Technological System by Toivo Koivukoski