Technologies, texts and subjects: William S. Burroughs and post-humanism
Land, Chris, 1971- (2004) Technologies, texts and subjects: William S. Burroughs and post-humanism. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis addresses the twin questions of technology and the human, ultimately questioning the validity of either category and pointing toward their dissolution in transhumanism. Starting with a discussion of the question of technology in organization studies, the thesis takes issue with the way in which discussion has focused on the technology- object pole of a dualism at the neglect of the human subject that occupies the opposing pole. Following a methodological call for symmetry the thesis reconsiders the question of technology in light of its human other and visa versa. Working with the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche and Deleuze and Guattari, the thesis suggests that there is a problem with maintaining a distinct conception of the human, separated a priori from questions of technology and language. In seeking to avoid an essentialism either of the (technological) object, or the (human) subject, the thesis reconsiders the question of the human, language and technics through an examination of the work of William S. Burroughs. Combining Burroughs' ideas with those of Deleuze and Guattari, a conception of the 'transhuman' is developed which, in opposition to a transcendental humanism, articulates the immanent implication of technology and language in the production of subjectivity, and points to the more radical potentials of new technology in figuring alternative modes of subjectivization and social organization.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997, Technology and civilization, Transcendence (Philosophy), Technology -- Social aspects, Human-computer interaction|
|Official Date:||January 2004|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Warwick Business School|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Corbett, J. Martin, 1956- ; Burrell, Gibson|
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