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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And that you appeared to omit. To be sure, Marx’s orivinary of man as homo faber is a famous and important step originafy his historical materialist anthropology, but we are still only half way towards understanding what happens in the labour process. If ‘labour’ merely named the point of articulation between the other- wise autonomous substances of techincity and nature – spirit and matter – in the young Marx of the Manuscripts, the mature Marx of Capital seems to use it to name a more dynamic, recursive and mutually constitutive exchange of forces between organism and environm ent.

Such is the caveat emptor that Lacan issues not only to Ego Psychol- ogist Heinz Hartmann – who notoriously posits the possibility of an autonomous ego that can somehow transcend all conflict pp. 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: Nicole Pepperell – – Derrida Today 2 2: Absorbing the sun’s rays into itself – trapping and storing their energy – it began to use that energy to convert the carbon dioxide in the water into an organic compound: 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.

Yet it is the way in which our experiences are retained in memory that is most crucial to Freud’s attempt to draw an analogy between the psyche and writing.

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In this sense writing is the stage of history and the play of the world, p. In each of the six chapters that fol- low, we will see how the theory of originary technicity from Marx to Derrida risks turning itself into little more than what Timothy Clark has called a ‘non-essentialist anthropology’: As is well known, his questioning of technology stretches from the analy- sis of equipmentality das Zeug in Being and Time before culminating in the pivotal essays of the s.

Notes on Derrida’s Inheritance of Marx. W hat, he asks, led Descartes to inaugurate the era of modern biology by thinking of the human body as a kind of mechanism in the Treatise on Man? 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.


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

As we have seen, the theory of originary technicity claims to reveal the essential ‘technicity’ of life itself – right down to the process of replication of the biological cell – but I wish to argue that it consistently privileges one form of life over all the others.

As we will see, Marx’s theory of technics stretches across the entire range of his thought from the early philosophical anthropology of the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts o f 1 8 4 4 all the way up to the mature thinker’s critique of the real subsumption of labour by machine stage capital in the Grundrisse and Capital.

Jacques Derrida in Continental Philosophy. Energy, I had you observe last time, is a notion which can only arrive once there are m achines. For Bernard Stiegler, though, it is now incum- bent upon tdchnicity to re-interpret Marx’s critique of machine stage capital in light of the fact that the labouring subject’s fall into alienation has always already happened: Just as Freud defines the psyche as the awareness of its own mechanical repetition as such, so Lacan invokes the consciousness of materiality as m uch as the materiality of consciousness.

Dylan Rowen marked it as to-read Sep 28, Only by labour, by adaptation to ever new operations, by inheri- technicjty of the resulting bradlfy development of muscles, ligaments, and, over longer periods of time, bones as well, and by the ever- renewed employment of these inherited improvements in new, and more bdadley operations, has the human hand attained the high degree of hechnicity that has enabled it to conjure into being the pic- technicihy of Raphael, the statues of Thorwaldsen, the music of Paganini, p.

Despite its materiality, the camera is capable of recording the image of the mountain in its viewfinder in the same way that the human eye can perceives an image of a real technictiy in the mir- ror. The machine is the structure detached from the activity of the subject.

Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida

Marx, Derrida and Ethnic Nationalism. If Stiegler’s philosophy appears to offer the most uncompro- mising expression of originary technicity within contemporary thought, however, we will go on to consider whether – like Derrida before him – he entirely manages to dispel the spectre of a pre-technical ego cogito who remains capable of thinking the technological condition of its own time consciousness.

To be sure, techincity is exteriorised, mate- rialised and technologised – our identity is displaced onto an inhuman symbolic outside – but there is always a lingering sense in which that outside is deemed to exist simply as a means towards a new act of subject constitution: It is important to begin by clarifying exactly what Marx means by the ‘machine’ in the industrial phase of capital because it differs from influential classical accounts by such figures as Pascal or Babbage.


It is arguably here, rather than in the note on the Wunderblock, that he comes closest to embracing the insight that many say is always latent in his work – the m achinic status of the unconscious itself.

Accordingly, what follows is – though it presumes brqdley prior expertise or knowledge of technixity field on the part of the reader – by no means intended to be all-embracing or comprehensive in scope.

Because cybernetics also stem from a reaction of astonishment at rediscovering that this human language works almost by itself, seemingly to outwit us. Or does it place the burden upon us to imagine new and less mutually destructive ways in which the human and technics can con- tinue to invent one another?

According to Lacan, what is taking place when the cam – era automatically records the image of techniicty mountain in the lake is nothing less than a phenomenon of consciousness: W hat happens, then, when we re-visit the Marxian critique of the origknary in the light of his theory of the technological condition of the human itself?

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The symbolic world is the world of machine, p. How – if at all – can it be overcome?

Includes bibliographical references p. According to Derrida, of course, the founder of historical ‘m ate- rialism’ was not essentially a thinker of being as matter at all: To what extent does Heidegger’s focus on what he calls the ‘essence’ Wesen of technology over and above technics itself give us a means of thinking technology for what is almost the first time or, as Derrida famously objects, does it preserve ‘the possibility of a thought that questions Yet, in spite of such differences, I will ask whether it still remains possible to detect a residual anthropocentrism – both explicit and implicit – across the entire spectrum of posthumanist theory.

Accordingly, I want to pursue this insight into the originary technicity of the human to its originarj by exploring how it transforms the other major dimension of Marx’s phi- losophy of technology, namely, his critique of industrialised or machine stage capital.

On the one hand, we see that all technological prostheses are to be measured exclusively in terms of origonary they have the capacity to reproduce existing human func- tioning: Halteman – – In Philip Goodchild ed. It is now generally accepted that this familiar story of the evolution of life is also, in one sense or another, a story about the evolution of tech- nology.