Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 397-404

First online:

Aging: I don’t want to be a cyborg!

  • Don IhdeAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Stony Brook University Email author 

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Examination is made of a range of cyborg solutions to bodily problems due to damage, but here with particular reference to aging. Both technological and animal implants, transplants and prosthetic devices are phenomenologically analyzed. The resultant trade-off phenomena are compared to popular culture technofantasies and desires and finally to human attitudes toward mortality and contingency. The parallelism of resistance to contingent existence and to becoming a cyborg is noted.


Cyborg technologies Desire Implants Prostheses Prosthetic devices Technofantasy Trade-off Transparency Transplants