Arthur Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Critical Theory at Lancaster University, has written Originary Technicity as a. Life — Labour — Psyche — Being — The other — Time — Death. Arthur Bradley, Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Predication as Originary Violence: A Phenomenological Critique of Derrida’s View.

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Perhaps the most important – and neglected – aspect of the whole story of the camera, Lefebvre-Pontalis argues, is that human beings must come back into the world in order to apprehend the materiality of their own consciousness: Yet, as Negri has argued, such a space remains at best a bare formal possibility in Derrida’s own work on Marx, rather than the ground for a historical or material praxis Empire, p.

To risk stating the blindingly obvious, Marx’s prediction of the demise of industrial capitalism in the Frag- ment on Machines has not come true – but what is perhaps more revealing about his philosophy of technology is why he thought it could in the first place.

Science Logic and Mathematics. That at any rate is what I would like you to accept, so that I can tell you a little apologue to aid your reflection.

Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology From Marx to Derrida

For Heidegger, of course, it is the hammer that serves as the heuristic device to explain the phenomenological priority of Zuhandenheit over Vorhandenheit: If memory is traced and re-traced at different levels – transcribed and re-transcribed – without being simply present in any one, then, it is wholly appropriate that Freud should begin to speak of the psyche in metaphorical terms as a kind of palimpsest where various forms of ‘writing’ – mnemic impres- sions – accumulate on top of each other without any one assuming priority: According to Lacan, what is taking place when the cam – era automatically records the image of the mountain in the lake is nothing less than a phenomenon of consciousness: Another way of putting this is to say that what is going on and on in repeti- tion compulsion does not have its origin in some repressed traumatic event but the other way around: On the other hand, his existential analytic is accused of perpetuating the reign of a quasi-idealist thinking subject for whom technology is subordinate to a pre-technological ontological questioning.


Tom Paul Barker – unknown. To what extent do Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis succeed in installing an originary technicity at the heart of the psyche – or, like Marxian historical materialism, do they also contain a residual pre-technological idealism? Skip to main content.

Arthur Bradley, Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida

Hansen, Heidegger’s alleged blindspot regarding the ontic specificity of technics is the logical corol- lary of a larger idealist agenda within Heideggerian ontology and indeed modern philosophy of technology as such: Just as the Platonic architect locates the infinite eidos beneath the flux of matter and shapes it into form, so the Christian god oriyinary the world of his creation and brings it into existence according to oritinary own predetermined design: Perhaps most crucially from Derrida’s perspective, what determines the whole process of memory retention in Freud’s account is neither the qualitative nor even quite the quantitative substance o f the traces but rather the ‘ungraspable and invisible difference’ between them ‘Freud and the Scene of Writing’, p.

In Marx’s philosophy of technology, though, it is possible to find another spirit of Marxism that might offer the following reply: As he makes clear in the letter to Wilhelm Fleiss, Freud’s entire project is premised upon the assumption that ‘our psychical mechanism has come about by a pro- cess of stratification’ Origins o f Psychoanalysis, p. To offer a brief overview, Jacques Lacan is one of the first philosophical thinkers to grapple with the implications of the new cybernetic revolution after the Second World War: In the next chapter, though, we must turn to another important source for Derrida’s philosophy of technics: And that you appeared to omit.

For Lacan, it is this machine that tehnicity the Freud of The Interpretation o f Dreams to break with the still residually vitalist or organic models of energy that, he argues, still dominate the Project and to recognise that language goes all the way down: In the light of such undoubtedly powerful readings, Heidegger’s theory of Zeug does appear to be symptomatic of a wider reduction of technological autonomy within his ontology but, as always with Heidegger, the story is never so simple.

Machines are something else. As Richard Rojcewicz has recently argued, what Heidegger shows us is that the philosophy of technology is ‘actually equivalent to first philos- ophy, since, for him, technology is nothing other than knowledge of what it means to be in general’.


James Lavender rated it liked it Mar 11, I really can’t see why it is so important to demolish consciousness if it is to bring it back in at the end.

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Yet, the modern critique of metaphysics does not so much suspend this opposition as recapitulate it differently in the form of a series of oppositions between a pre-technical ‘pure’ tem – porality and a ‘contaminated’ technical temporality: Such an uncanny machinic dimen- sion – which Freud himself always figures as a certain death13 – at work within the trchnicity psyche can be witnessed in the phenomenon of the involuntary repetition of the same: Just as Saussure’s theory of writing destroys any simple notion of representation, so Freud’s differential model of the psyche also calls into question the very idea of a ‘true origin’ of memory that ever was or could be present: Marx, Orriginary and Ethnic Nationalism.

Laura marked originxry as to-read Oct 16, As his experiment shows, what we are dealing with here is no longer an analogy between psychic and technical apparatuses – where the cam – era is merely a rhetorical figure or trope for the actual condition of consciousness – but another kind of homology.

Yet, according to a number of commentators – most notably Derrida and Lacan – Freud is unwilling to push the analogy between mind and machine to its logical conclu- sion: For Heidegger, Christian creationism intensifies the reduction of phusis to a hylomorphic act of efficient causality or making that is already at work within Greek metaphysics.

The species of alienation synonymous with the fechnicity age actually pre-dates machine technol- ogy – the manufacturing workshops that dominated production from the sixteenth century through to the end of the eighteenth had already transformed technicitu labourer into an automatic implement p. The machine embodies the most radical symbolic activity of man.