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The first philosophy of technology, constructing humans as technological and technology as an underpinning of all culture


Ernst Kapp was a foundational scholar in the fields of media theory and philosophy of technology. His 1877 Elements of a Philosophy of Technology is a visionary study of the human body and its relationship with the world that surrounds it. At the book’s core is the concept of “organ projection”: the notion that humans use technology in an effort to project their organs to the outside, to be understood as “the soul apparently stepping out of the body in the form of a sending-out of mental qualities” into the world of artifacts.

Kapp applies this theory of organ projection to various areas of the material world—the axe externalizes the arm, the lens the eye, the telegraphic system the neural network. From the first tools to acoustic instruments, from architecture to the steam engine and the mechanic routes of the railway, Kapp’s analysis shifts from “simple” tools to more complex network technologies to examine the projection of relations. What emerges from Kapp’s prophetic work is nothing less than the emergence of early elements of a cybernetic paradigm.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Culture of Operations: Ernst Kapp’s Philosophy of Technology
  2. pp. ix-xlvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 1. The Anthropological Scale
  2. pp. 7-26
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  1. 2. Organ Projection
  2. pp. 27-34
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  1. 3. The First Tools
  2. pp. 35-54
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  1. 4. Limbs and Measure
  2. pp. 55-60
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  1. 5. Apparatuses and Instruments
  2. pp. 61-80
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  1. 6. The Inner Architecture of the Bones
  2. pp. 81-94
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  1. 7. Steam Engines and Rail Lines
  2. pp. 95-102
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  1. 8. The Electromagnetic Telegraph
  2. pp. 103-114
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  1. 9. The Unconscious
  2. pp. 115-120
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  1. 10. Machine Technology
  2. pp. 121-150
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  1. 11. The Fundamental Morphological Law
  2. pp. 151-200
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  1. 12. Language
  2. pp. 201-220
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  1. 13. The State
  2. pp. 221-250
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  1. Afterword A Media-ArchaeologicalPostscript tothe Translation of Ernst Kapp’s Elements of a Philosophy of Technology (1877)
  2. pp. 251-266
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 267-288
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452958200
Related ISBN
9781517902261
MARC Record
OCLC
1042080729
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2018-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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