240G - 003 | CCN: 46177

Rhetorical Theory

Philosophy and Automation

Instructor: Luciana Parisi

4 Units

 This seminar series offers critical reflections about the philosophical, aesthetic and political consequences of the increasing dominance of automated systems in contemporary culture. In particular, it is set to explore the tension between computation and philosophy, ratio and logic, measure and metaphysics as a central to our understanding of technology today. It will explore the tension between cybernetics as the efficient machine of reasoning and metaphysics as the model of theoretical thinking. By engaging with critical and post-critical approaches to the role of the machine (medium and instrument) in Western culture, the seminars will discuss the ontological possibilities stemming from the alliance between gender and automation, race and techne, and other alien figurations of subjectivity.