Embodying Technesis: Technology beyond Writing (Studies in Literature and Science)
Mark B.N. Hansen
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now set upon to yield nitrogen, the earth to yield ore, ore to yield uranium . . . ; uranium is set upon to yield atomic energy . . . ( 1 4-1 5/1 8-1 9 ) Herausfordern is made to designate both a mode of production unique to modernity and a mode of revealing like any other. In so doing, Heidegger perpetuates and in fact greatly expands the sway of his early subordination of technology (as Zuhandenheit) to the world-disclosing power of Dasein: he sacrifices his claim regarding the difference
invoked by the aforementioned cultural critics-materialities encountered in cultural and social life, in virtual hardware/software, and in the nonsignifying ele ments of language-all comprise examples of the quasi materiality (or rela tive exteriority) that Derrida's critique of logocentrism unleashes within the domain of thought. As mere supplements or material supports for the pro duction of knowledge/thought/desire, none can furnish the site for a resis tance against the imperialism of
Psychology to the mystic writing pad, I will begin with Freud's fully elaborated trauma model from Beyond the Pleasure Principle, where the reduction of exteriority is in full force, and move backward to the topo- logical derivation of external experience developed in the 1895 Project. Reading retrospectively in this way, I shall isolate an important dimension of Freud's initial conception of consciousness that has been subsequently overlooked: the "problem of quality" or the "temporal
for both receptivity and retention, Freud appears to institute an ontogenetic bias formally identical to the one governing Beyond. Despite their functional independence, �-functions remain exclusively in the service of the \If-system: limitless receptivity is required not to facilitate perceptual experience but rather to insure ever new content for the progressive consti tution of the \If-system . As in the case of the trauma model, everything here is in the service of the psychic system proper.
mental alterity of technology is simply effaced in a sweeping move that asserts the primacy of its derivative, reductive form. Yet while the operation of metalepsis makes detection of the machine reduction more difficult, by submitting it to deconstruction in the texts of each of the critics discussed in this study, I will uncover the presence of a prior, extensive, and dogmatic reduction of technology to the textual figure of the machine. By liberating technological materiality from its