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The Society for Philosophy and Technology

28-30 juin 2021
Université Catholique de Lille 60 boulevard Vauban 59000 Lille - Lille (France)
The goal of the conference would consist into investigating the different ways in which technologies, their designs and uses, are always-already invested with linguistic, symbolic and imaginary, individual and social burdens. This hypothesis is based on an emergent but already rich literature. In the field of STS, for instance, one can consider the sociotechnical imaginaries project developed at Harvard University and leaded by Sheila Jasa-noff (Jasanoff and Kim 2015). The current highly debated topic of the Anthropocene certainly cannot be re-duced to the empirical, since it implies a specific worldview (should one rather say “earthview”?), and it paves the way to what Alexander Federeau (2017) calls a “planetary hermeneutics.” For long time excluded from reflections in philosophy of technology, especially after its “empirical turn,” language is coming back as an important topic in the field (Coeckelbergh 2017). Finally, one could consider transhumanism and posthu-manism precisely as technological imaginaries, although in great part detached from real technologies. At the heart of this conference will be the notion of technological imaginaries. The term refers, in the first place, to the individual fantasies and preconceptions affecting the uses of a specific technology. While a certain attitude in philosophy of technology has confined itself to describing (and rejoicing at) our technolog-ical extensions and hybridizations, on the contrary it would be the case of insisting on the difficulties, fears, hopes and beliefs that mediate this technological mediation. Second, the term has a social dimension. Paul Ricoeur (2005) has notoriously discussed the tension, within the social imaginary, between ideology and uto-pia, the former aiming to maintain the status quo, the second to overthrow it. Technologies can support both movements. The history of human societies is full of techniques and technologies of domination and discrimination, such as Robert Moses’ “racist” bridges. But several technologies have be also seen as models for denouncing and eventually trying to overcome social inequalities. Thirdly, “technological imaginary” re-fers for us to the process of technological invention and innovation. We certainly think to Gilbert Simon-don’s (2014) reflections on imagination and invention, but also to the role the French sociologist Patriche Flichy (2008) has attributed to the imaginary in what he calls the “technological action.” 12 Bibliography Coeckelbergh, M. Using Words and Things. Language and Philosophy of Technology London-New York, Routledge 2017. Federau, A., Pour une philosophie de l’Anthropocène, Paris, PUF 2017. Flichy, P., The Internet Imaginaire, Cambridge (MA), The MIT Press 2008. Jasanoff, S., Kim, S.H. (eds.), Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press 2015. Ricoeur, P., Lectures on Ideology and Utopia, New York, Columbia University Press 2005 [1986].
Discipline scientifique : Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie - Art et histoire de l'art - Etudes de l'environnement - Etudes sur le genre - Histoire, Philosophie et Sociologie des sciences - Sciences de l'information et de la communication - Philosophie - Religions

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