Foundations of Science

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 333–337 | Cite as

The Uses of Reason in Times of Technical Mediation

  • Steven DorrestijnEmail author


The art of living idiom suits well a practice-oriented approach in ethics of technology. But what remains or becomes of the functioning and use of reason in ethics? In reaction to the comments by Huijer this reply elaborates in more detail how Foucault’s art of living can be adapted for a critical contemporary ethics of technology. And the aesthetic-political rationality in Foucault’s ethics is compared with Wellner’s suggestions of holding on to the notion of code but with a new meaning. Foucault’s fourfold scheme of subjectivation and a distinction of “below and above reason” structure the argument.


Technical mediation Ethics Foucault Fourfold of subjectivation Uses of reason 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hospitality Business SchoolSaxion University of Applied SciencesDeventerNetherlands

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