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Author Koivukoski, Toivo.

Title After the last man : excurses to the limits of the technological system / Toivo Koivukoski
Published Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, [2008]


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Description xvii, 121 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Sect. 1. Thinking Technology to its Ends -- The fragility of technology -- Life inside the technological system -- Like water to fish -- Platitude #1: <technology is good or bad depending on its uses> -- Interstice -- Watching war -- A global event -- System logic -- Angelus Novus -- Apo-stasis -- Shadows on the wall -- Historical materialism unplugged -- Multitasking our minds -- Sect. 2. From a Posthistorical Worldview -- Trans-humus -- Transhumant -- On a second-hand greeting: "Welcome to the Desert of the Real" -- History is an act that went walking -- Platitude #2: <everyone has technology -- The hopeful science -- On the post-modern architecture of the mind -- The relief of the human condition -- Black-box -- On a word: "technology" -- Language lost -- The hyper-reality of fish -- Sign language -- Closed circuit love -- Being on tv -- Self as phantasmagoria -- Clarification -- Sect. 3. Experiments in Posthumanism -- On being human -- Savage machines -- On being real -- Configurations of reality -- What is the real? -- The habit of transcendence -- Naked thought -- World on edge -- A new orbit -- Sect. 4. Technological Imperium and its Limits -- Another side of the dialectic -- After the last man -- Inside the spectacle -- The state as mechanical man -- A prosthetic body politic -- World on automatic -- Killing for reality -- Surrealism and the American geopolitical imagination -- The enemy as imperial excess -- The imperial perspective
Summary "In this monograph, Toivo Koivukoski explores the circumstances that have led modern society to use the concept of progress as a surrogate cosmology that gives individuals a sense of place and purpose. By linking various historical paradigms from German Idealist philosophy to contemporary philosophies of technology, this work of political theory describes an alternative, immanent pattern of development that is, in a sense, driven by its own unintended consequences. The meditations outlined within this book map out the hypertext pathways of our global system, making its constitutive relations and underlying thought processes transparent."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Civilization, Modern -- 21st century -- Philosophy.
Technology and civilization.
Technology -- Philosophy.
Technology -- Social aspects.
LC no. 2008021803
ISBN 0739118749 (paperback: alk. paper)
9780739118740 (hbk. : alk. paper)