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Foundations of Science

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 353–356 | Cite as

The Art of Living with NZT and ICT: Dialectics of an Artistic Case Study

  • Hub ZwartEmail author
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Abstract

I wholeheartedly sympathize conceptually with Coeckelbergh’s paper. The dialectical relationship between vulnerability and technology constitutes the core of Hegel’s Master and Slave (the primal scene of contemporary philosophy). Yet, the empirical dimension is underdeveloped and Coeckelbergh’s ideas could profit from exposure to case studies. Building on a movie/novel (Limitless) devoted to vulnerability coping and living with ICT, I challenge the claim that modern heroism entails overcoming vulnerability with the help of enhancement and computers.

Keywords

Dialectics Philosophy of technology Brain cinema Genres of the imagination Neuro-enhancement 

References

  1. Glynn, A. (2001/2011). Limitless. London: Faber & Faber.Google Scholar
  2. Hegel, G. W. F. (1807/1970/1986). Phänomenologie des Geistes. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.Google Scholar
  3. Zwart, H. (2014). Limitless as a neuro-pharmaceutical experiment and as a Daseinsanalyse: On the use of fiction in preparatory debates on cognitive enhancement. Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy: A European Journal, 17(1), 29–38.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NijmegenNetherlands

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