“The Origin of the New World”. On Elena Dorfman’s Deus (S)ex-Machina

  • Alexander Matthias GernerEmail author
Part of the Techno:Phil – Aktuelle Herausforderungen der Technikphilosophie book series (TPAHT, volume 2)


Mechane in Aristotle designates the theater machine, which provided for illusion and the effects and dramaturgies of overpowering as in the aleatory principle of Deus ex machina.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Filosofia das Ciências, Departamento de História e Filosofia das CiênciasFaculdade de Ciências, Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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