Foundations of Science

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 401–405 | Cite as

Of Humans & Cyborgs, Caterpillars & Butterflies



In response to Peter–Paul Verbeek’s and Paul Levinson’s reviews of my article ‘In Between Us,’ I comment on four criticisms. Firstly, my approach of ‘mediation as such’ does not endorse the view of mediation as secondary to mediata (i.e., entities), but does not exclude it either. Secondly, my concepts of “transparency of use” and of “context” are to be seen as philosophical ‘tools’ and not as mutually exclusive states. Thirdly, I agree with Levinson that technologies do indeed remediate, and mostly not for the worse. However, fourthly, at the same time we should always be on guard for their nefarious effects.


Philosophy of Technology Technological mediation Transparency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFree University of Brussels (VUB)BrusselsBelgium

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