Michel Foucault, Friedrich Kittler, and the interminable half-life of “so-called man”

Angelaki 22 (4):49-68 (2017)
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This article considers Friedrich Kittler’s deterministic media theory as both an appropriation and mutation of Michel Foucault’s archaeological method. Focusing on these two thinkers’ similar but divergent conceptions of the “death of man,” it will be argued that Kittler’s approach attempts to expunge archaeology of its last traces of Kantian transcendentalism by locating the causal agents of epistemic change within the domain of empirical experience, but in doing so, actually amplifies the anthropological vestiges that Foucault hoped to eradicate. The result is an alluring but dogmatically positivist theory of mediatic causality that, in spite of its best efforts, can only reify, rather than dispel, the image of “so-called man.”

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Technics and time, 3: cinematic time and the question of malaise.Bernard Stiegler - 2010 - Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press. Edited by Stephen Francis Barker.
Towards an Ontology of Media.Friedrich Kittler - 2009 - Theory, Culture and Society 26 (2-3):23-31.

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