File /Humanist.vol22.txt, message 219


Date:         Sun, 28 Sep 2008 08:16:03 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.229 Sloterdijk's operable man
To: humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU


               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 229.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                        www.princeton.edu/humanist/
                     Submit to: humanist-AT-princeton.edu



         Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 08:11:54 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
         Subject: Sloterdijk's operable man

Dear Humanists,

I feel obliged to share with all of you a text that might contribute
greatly to our discussion. This text is available online and is entitled
The Operable Man: On the Ethical State of Gene Technology
<http://www.petersloterdijk.net/international/texts/en_texts/en_texts_PS_operable_man.html>, 

a lecture Sloterdijk gave at Harvard in 2000.

If you think from the title that it is a bit far from the themes
addressed in this discussion group, please read the following excerpt:

"In the current state of the world, the single most striking feature of
intellectual and technological history that is that technological
culture is producing a new state of language and writing. This new state
has hardly anything in common anymore with traditional interpretations
of language and writing by religion, metaphysics and humanism. The old
House of Being turns out to be something wherein a residence in the
sense of dwelling and of the bringing close of the distant is hardly
possible any longer. Speaking and writing in the age of digital codes
and genetic transcriptions no longer make any kind of familiar sense;
the typefaces of technology are developing apart from transmission, and
no longer evoke homeliness or the effects of befriending the external.
On the contrary, they increase the scope of the external and that which
can never be assimilated. The province of language is shrinking, while
the sector of straight-forward text is growing. Heidegger, in his letter
"On Humanism," expressed these problems in an old-fashioned, yet
factually correct manner, when he called homelessness the outstanding
ontological feature of man's contemporary modus essendi.

"Homelessness is coming to be the destiny of the world. Hence it is
necessary to think that destiny in terms of the history of Being ...
Technology is in its essence a destiny within the history of Being ...
As a form of truth technology is grounded in the history of metaphysics."


Enjoy.

Regards,

Renata Lemos

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