The prisoners in Plato's Cave have their eyes fixed on the the cave wall. Their attention is literally captured by the shadows. They cannot turn their head so they cannot see each other. Since they have been there all their lives that means they have never seen a human being!
In this conversation we will take a journey through Plato's Cave by following Pieter Lemmens' intellectual journey, his thinking path. We will start with in biology, that sees human beings as an organism. Then we discuss Heidegger's book Being and Time where he asks the question of being - what is the being of human being? Then we focus on the work of Bernard Stiegler, a philosopher of technology who thought about the relation between technology, biology and evolution. Finally, we focus on how technological evolution got us into the climate crisis and on Bernard Stiegler's idea of what needs to happen for us to turn the Anthropocene into what he calls the Neganthropocene. The Neganthropocene could be the next stage in human evolution - if we can get there.
About Pieter Lemmens
Pieter Lemmens teaches philosophy and ethics at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He has published on themes in the philosophy of technology, innovation, digital technologies, cognitive enhancement, on the work of Martin Heidegger, Peter Sloterdijk and Bernard Stiegler.
Pieter has published widely on these topics, but some of the articles that I recommend in light of this episode are Thinking Technology Big Again(2020), Rethinking Technology in the Anthropocene (2021) and Other Turnings (2020). He is the co-author of the forthcoming book The Technical Condition: The Entanglement of Technology, Culture and Society (2022) which is an accessible introduction to philosophy of technology.
The Ister (2004) - a philosophical road movie https://icarusfilms.com/if-ist
Bernard Stiegler (2017). Philosophizing by Accident: Interviews with Elie During
Clive Hamilton (2017). Defiant Earth: the Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene
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