Foundations of Science

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 451–454 | Cite as

Beyond the Concrete: Toward an Art of Living with Abstract Conditions

  • Yoni Van Den EedeEmail author


Responding to the commentaries by Corey Anton and Ian Angus, I outline anew, and so seek to further clarify, the starting points of and motivations behind my reflection about the concrete-abstract distinction and the ways in which this plays out in technology use, seen from an epistemological standpoint. My eventual purpose is to begin to develop, on the basis of the conceptual exercise, guidelines for an emancipatory ‘art of living with technology,’ that circles around the attempt to think beyond the immediate concrete, into the direction of the ‘abstract conditions’ shaping that ‘concrete.’


Philosophy of technology Epistemology Abstract Concrete 


  1. Achterhuis, H. 2001. American philosophy of technology: The empirical turn (trans: Robert P. Crease). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Feenberg, A. (2002). Transforming technology: A critical theory revisited. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Mattelart, A. (2003). The information society: An introduction (trans: Susan G. Taponier and James A. Cohen). London: Sage Publications.Google Scholar
  4. Van Den Eede, Y. (2011). In between us: On the transparency and opacity of technological mediation. Foundations of Science, 16(2–3), 139–159.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Welzer, H. (2013). Selbst denken: Eine Anleitung zum Widerstand. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Ethics and Humanism (ETHU), Culture, Emancipation, Media and Society (CEMESO)Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

Personalised recommendations