Ontology of Environment and Technology

Staff

Junji SATO, Professor

Outline

The aim of this laboratory is to explore (or to unfold) the implications for a non-metaphysical onto-logy (knowledge of the being) of our physical environment.

What we shall try is :

  • to focus on the implications of cultural theories about the concept of nature examining European philosophy from the past three centuries (from Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Rousseau, and Kant to von Uexkull, Heidegger, and Deleuze & Guattari) ;
  • to understand the modernist mode of forgetting “in-theworld-ness” as part of Heidegger’s reasoning, in order to overcome the subject object duality in view of a nonobjectifying anthropocentric “knowledge” ;
  • to analyse culture as the operation of mechanisms and technologies (ref. M. Foucault) of mediation to occupy the gap between matter and life, social and individual, the environment and human activities.

Our postmodern-biotechnological age, full of intelligent machines and cyborgs, is also an age of natural and enviromental crises. It is an urgent matter to investigate the natural environment so as to abandon unreservedly anthropocentricism in the life sciences, and to deconstruct a humanized image of nature.