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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Komunikacija ir informacija / Communication and information (S008)
Author(s): Kalpokas, Ignas
Title: Towards an affective philosophy of the digital: Posthumanism, hybrid agglomerations and Spinoza
Is part of: Philosophy and social criticism. Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications INC, 2021, Vol. 47, iss. x
Extent: p. 1-21
Date: 2021
Note: Article no. 0191453720916522
Keywords: Affect;Anthropocentrism;Code agency;Hybrid agglomerations;Posthumanism;Spinoza
Abstract: This article employs Spinoza's ideas as a springboard for developing a novel philosophical interpretation of today's technologically enhanced world. As a starting point, today's digitized and datafied world has brought about fundamental changes not only to the ways in which humans live their lives but also to our understanding of the role and place of the human person as such. As the conditions and, in many cases, the content of everyday life are shaped by data, code, devices and the infrastructure necessary for connectivity and interoperability, anthropocentric notions of the human begin to fall apart. Hence, this article embraces the post-humanist displacement of the human by demonstrating human beings to be merely parts of hybrid agglomerations, united by the flows of affect. It is within these affective flows that agency and (true to Spinozist thinking) existence are seen to be located. Moreover, through appreciation of Spinozist monism, it becomes evident that today's hybrid agglomerations, understood as manifestations of a single substance under the attributes of thought and extension, are not aberrations but merely manifestations of natural human embeddedness
Affiliation(s): LCC tarptautinis universitetas
Viešosios komunikacijos katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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