Foundations of Science

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 421–424 | Cite as

How to Make Your Relationship Work? Aesthetic Relations with Technology

  • Jeannette PolsEmail author


Discussing the workings of technology in care as aesthetic rather than as ethical or epistemological interventions focusses on how technologies engage in and change relations between those involved. Such an aesthetic study opens up a repertoire to address values that are abundant in care, but are as yet hardly theorized. Kamphof studies the problem that sensor technology reveals things about the elderly patients without the patients being aware of this. I suggest improvement of these relations may be considered in aesthetic terms, for instance by developing the affective quality of people’s technological relationships.


Aesthetics Technology Affective relations Ethics Health care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Medical EthicsAcademic Medical CentreAmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

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