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Destiny Domesticated. The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology

Destiny Domesticated. The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology

Jos de Mul. Destiny Domesticated. The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology. State University of New York (SUNY) Press, 2014.  Destiny Domesticated investigates…

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Wittgenstein 2.0. Philosophical reading and writing after the mediatic turn

Wittgenstein 2.0. Philosophical reading and writing after the mediatic turn

Jos de Mul. Wittgenstein 2.0: Philosophical reading and writing after the mediatic turn. In: A. Pichler & H. Hrachovec (eds.) Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Information. Proceedings…

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The sovereign debt crisis or Sophie’s choice. On European tragedies, guilt and responsibility

The sovereign debt crisis or Sophie’s choice. On European tragedies, guilt and responsibility

Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens and Jos de Mul, The sovereign debt crisis or Sophie’s choice. On European tragedies, guilt and responsibility. Heinrich Böll Stiftung. European Union. December…

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Horizons of Hermeneutics

Horizons of Hermeneutics

Jos de Mul. Horizons of Hermeneutics: Intercultural Hermeneutics in a Globalizing World.  Frontiers of Philosophy in China. Vol. 6, No. 4 (2011), 628-655. DOI: 10.1007/s11466-011-0159-x (DOI) 10.1007/s11466-011-0159-x…

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《主权债务危机还是苏菲的抉择:论欧洲的悲剧、罪恶与责任》

《主权债务危机还是苏菲的抉择:论欧洲的悲剧、罪恶与责任》

约斯·德·穆尔 (Jos de Mul),里斯贝思·努尔德格拉芙 (Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens):《主权债务危机还是苏菲的抉择:论欧洲的悲剧、罪恶与责任》(The sovereign debt crisis or Sophie’s choice. On European tragedies, guilt and responsibility),《社会科学战线》2012年第4期(Social Science Front no.4 2012),《新华文摘》2012年第13期全文转载(Xinhua Digest ,no13 2012).

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The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Recombination

The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Recombination

Jos de Mul. The work of art in the age of digital recombination. In J. Raessens, M. Schäfer, M. v. d. Boomen, Lehmann and S. A.-S.…

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The game of life. Narrative and ludic identity formation in computer games

The game of life. Narrative and ludic identity formation in computer games

Jos de Mul. The game of life. Narrative and ludic identity formation in computer games. In: J. Goldstein and J. Raessens,Handbook of Computer Games Studies. Cambridge MA…

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命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介 (Chinese translation of Destiny Domesticated\)

命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介 (Chinese translation of Destiny Domesticated\)

Jos de Mul. 命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介…

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Cyberspace Odyssee

Cyberspace Odyssee

Jos de Mul. Cyberspace Odyssee. Kampen:…

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Toeval. Inaugurale rede

Toeval. Inaugurale rede

Jos de Mul. Toeval. Inaugurale rede. Rotterdam:…

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Jos de Mul. The biotechnological sublime. Research Seminar Dutch Research School of Philosophy. Utrecht University, October 31, 2014.

State of the Art Aesthetics (2014) – OZSW and UU Graduate Course

Invitation / Call for applications

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and Utrecht University invite PhD students/ PhD and ReMa students in philosophy to register for the course “State of the Art Aesthetics” to take place in Autumn 2014. There will be room for approx. 25 students.

Dates of course:               24 and 31 October, 14, 21, 28 November 2014 (5 Fridays)
Location:                            Utrecht University, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Van Ravensteijnzaal
Application deadline:          Friday 15 September 2014 (registration form for this course)

 

About the topic

Art is a practice deemed central to modern culture, but how is its importance to be conceptualised? The course presents a survey of approaches in philosophical aesthetics, by specialists in the field. All speakers presents their own approach as explicitly as possible: their philosophical tradition and methodology. The traditions may or may not intermingle in the course.

The subjects of the lectures present the contemporary debates, and range from questions about the philosophical discipline as a whole, and art as a practice, to questions about specific fields of application, such as particular art forms or aesthetic phenomena.

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Jos de Mul. Transnationalizing tragedy. Comment on Jürgen Habermas' lecture "How Europe faces the challenge of transnationalising democracy". Rotterdam, October 10, 2014.

On 23 October German philosopher and sociologist Jürgen Habermas will hold a lecture "How Europe faces the challenge of transnationalising democracy". Philosopher Jos de Mul and sociologist Willem Schinkel will comment on his lecture.

Transnational democracy in Europe
In his lecture Habermas will elaborate on the question whether and how a democracy can be established that is not grounded in a nation-state. The European Union is a construct that is at once supranational and situated above the organisational level of a state. However, this construct is not supposed to enjoy either a monopoly on the legitimate use of force or ultimate decision-making authority. Can  such a union satisfy the standards of democratic legitimacy that we are familiar with from nation-states?

Professor Jürgen Habermas
Professor Jürgen Habermas is a prominent contemporary philosopher and member of the Frankfurter Schule. He is known for his political philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of science and ethics. In his magnum opus The Theory of Communicative Action he aims to establish a new rationality that is based on an emancipatory communicative act.

Registration
The lecture has been fully booked, it is no longer possible to register and the waiting list is full as well.

The lecture will be held in the Erasmus Paviljoen on Campus Woudestein of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. A campus map and information on how to get there can found here.

Contact
Ceciel Meiborg
010 - 408 89 80

Photo: Wolfram Huke

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Lost in translation? Conference on the Chinese translations of the works of Jos de Mul. With contributions of Mai Yongxiong, Huang Hanping, Wei Chaoyong, and Jos de Mul. Jinan University, Guangzhou. Academic Hall, August, 20, 2014, 3.30-5.30 PM.

On the occasion of the publication of 命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介 . 命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介 by Guangxi Normal University Press, Guilin, July 2014 (the Chinese translation of Destiny Domesticated. The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology, State University of New York Press), the Faculty of Letters of Jinan University, Guangzhou organized a conference about the Chinese translations of four of the books of Jos de Mul. Next to Destiny Domesticated (2014) the following books are currently available in Chinese: Cyberspace Odyssey (2007) Romantic Desire in (Post)Modern Art and Philosophy (2010) and The Tragedy of Finitude. Dilthey's Hermeneutics of Life (2013). Talks were given by translator Mai Yongxiong, Guangxi Normal University (sitting right to Jos de Mul on the photo), Huang Hanping (Jinan University), Wei Chaoyong (Sun Yat-Sen University), and a couple of PhD students form Jinan University. 

GuangzhouSymposium

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Jos de Mul, Big data and online identity. Lecture at the conference Soft data pour les politiques publiques de la ville: une approche critique. Lille: Université  Charles de Gaulle (Lille 3), October 16, 2014.

Soft data pour les politiques publiques de la ville: une approche critique. 

Lille3Jeudi 16 octobre 2014, Lille (lieu à confirmer). Journée organisée dans le cadre du PEPS Décision, indicateurs et politiques publiques

Argumentaire

Ces dernières années, les nouvelles technologies ont radicalement changé plusieurs secteurs de la société tels que l'économie, la santé, le transport et d’autres. Un des changements les plus révolutionnaires concerne certainement la diffusion des technologies numériques, notamment le réseau Internet (Castells, 2000). Ce qui rend ce changement particulièrement intéressant est le fait qu'il affecte à la fois la société elle-même et la façon de l’étudier et de la gérer (Benkler, 2006).

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Jos de Mul, The possibility of an island. Michel Houellebecq's tragic humanism. Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, Vol. 1 (2014), Issue 1, pp. 91–110.

 

The Possibility of an Island: Michel Houellebecq’s Tragic Humanism1

Jos de Mul

Abstract

Various authors, including Friedrich Nietzsche and George Steiner, have argued that the tragic worldview, as we find it expressed in Greek tragedy, has become an entirely incomprehensible phenomenon for (post)modern man. The claim defended in this article radically opposes this view. It is argued that tragedy can still teach us something today, and maybe even more so now than in the many intervening centuries that separate us from her days of glory in the fifth century bce. The tragic reveals itself once more in (post)modern society, and nowhere more clearly than in technology, the domain in which we believed the tragic had been domesticated or even eliminated. Referring to the tragic humanism in Michel Houellebecq’s novels The Elementary Particles and The Possibility of an Island it is argued that it is precisely in (post)modern (bio)technologies that we experience the rebirth of the tragic.

Keywords: tragedy, technology, humanism, transhumanism, Michel Houellebecq, Friedrich Nietzsche

Jos de Mul, Presentation Chinese translation of Destiny Domesticated. Guangzhou, South China Book Festival, 19/23 augustus 2014.

In August 2014, the Chinese translation of Jos de Mul's  The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology will be presented at the South China  Literature Festival  in Guangzhou (August 19-25, 2014). After the presentation, the author will be interviewed by translator Mai Yongxiong. They will also discuss previous Chinese publications of De Mul, such as Cyberspace Odyssey. So far, four books and a dozen articles of Jos de Mul have been published in Chinese translation.

The South China Book Festival is the most massive and influential Book Festival in China. In 2013, millions of citizens participated the festival. In 2014, the focus is on Dutch Literature.  Kader Abdolah, Abram de Swaan, Jelle Reumer, and Jos de Mul have been been invited as special guests at the 'Dutch Literature Week, entitled 'Blooming Tulip in Flower City Guangzhou'.

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Jos de Mul. 命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介 (Chinese translation of Destiny Domesticated. The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology). Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press, July 2014.

命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介(Content abstract): 本书考察了西方文明试图驯化命运的三种途径:希腊悲剧文化对命运的英雄般的肯定,基督教对神圣天命的谦卑接受,现代技术社会对命运的“否弃”。在此背景下,作者认为技术的不可控性重新把悲剧的维度引入了我们的文化。通过对《解放了的普罗米修斯》《安提戈涅》《美狄亚》等古典悲剧,以及赫尔曼斯与维勒贝克的悲剧小说的广泛考察,作者清晰地阐发了当代视野中的悲剧观,赋予诸如自由意志、决定论和生命的偶然性等哲学论题以崭新的光辉,为审视“悲剧重生于技术精神”提供了一种新颖独特的视角。 命运,迟早会敲每个人的门:一场意外事故,一种吞噬一切的嫉妒,一种无法治愈的疾病,最终的死亡••••••命运,尽管不可避免,尽管难以承受,但它是我们的生活不得不面对的。英雄般地肯定?谦卑地承负?决然地否弃? 著、译者简介(Author and Translator) 约斯•德•穆尔(Jos de Mul) 国际著名美学家,荷兰鹿特丹Erasmus大学哲学教授,信息哲学与传播技术研究院导师,兼美国密歇根大学客座教授、复旦大学客座教授,常任荷兰政府智囊团专家;主要研究领域为美学、艺术哲学、新媒介与信息交流技术哲学、19世纪德国哲学、历史哲学;主要著作有《后现代艺术与哲学的浪漫之欲》《有限性的悲剧:狄尔泰诠释学的生命》《赛博空间的奥德赛——走向虚拟本体论与人类学》等,其著作已被译为多国文字。 麦永雄 北京师范大学文学博士,现为广西师范大学文学院教授、博士生导师,广西师范大学中国语言文学研究所所长、比较文学与世界文学学术带头人,广西师范大学“外国文学史”精品课程主持人,《东方丛刊》主编(2006—2010),已出版论著、译著多部,包括《赛博空间的奥德赛——走向虚拟本体论与人类学》。

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In August 2014, the Chinese translation of Jos de Mul's  The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology will be presented at the South China  Literature Festival  in Guangzhou (August 19-25, 2014). After the presentation, the author will be interviewed by translator Mai Yongxiong. They will also discuss previous Chinese publications of De Mul, such as Cyberspace Odyssey. So far, four books and a dozen articles of Jos de Mul have been published in Chinese translation.

The South China Book Festival is the most massive and influential Book Festival in China. In 2013, millions of citizens participated the festival. In 2014, the focus is on Dutch Literature.  Kader Abdolah, Abram de Swaan, Jelle Reumer, and Jos de Mul have been been invited as special guests at the 'Dutch Literature Week, entitled 'Blooming Tulip in Flower City Guangzhou'.

For more information, see the website of the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

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Henk van Middelaar interviewt Jos de Mul over evolutie en technologie. NTR Academie, 16 mei 2014, 22.00-23.00 uur. 

De mens ontwerpt de omgeving waarin hij leeft en heeft daardoor sterk de hand in zijn eigen evolutieproces. Maar is hij zich daar wel van bewust? Redt de moderne mens zichzelf nog wel zonder de door hem ontwikkelde cultuur en techniek? En hoe ziet de toekomstige mens eruit, hand in hand levend met steeds verfijndere techniek? Henk van Middelaar in gesprek met Jos de Mul, hoogleraar Filosofie van mens en cultuur aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

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Monday, 14 April 2014 23:26

2014-4 De techniek van het menszijn

Jos de Mul, De techniek van het menszijn. Video-interview met Hermien Lankhorst. i-Filosofie #6, april 2014.

iFilosofieTechniek staat niet tegenover of naast de mens, maar is ook onder- deel van de mens. “Dat maakt dat, volgens Plessner, de mens van nature kunstmatig is”. Jos de Mul

Voor de Maand van de Filosofie 2014 schreef Jos de Mul, professor in de Wijsgerige Antropologie aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, het essay Kunstmatig van nature. Onderweg naar Homo sapiens 3.0. De Mul beschrijft de rol die technologie in het leven van de mensheid heeft gespeeld, vanaf het allereerste begin tot nu. Ook schetst hij een beeld van hoe deze relatie in de toekomst zou kunnen veranderen.

De Mul is geïnteresseerd in de theorieën van Helmuth Plessner (1892−1985) die dan ook een rode draad vormen door zijn essay. Deze Duitse filosoof onderzocht de relatie van de mens tot zichzelf en zijn buitenwereld. Volgens Plessner is de mens mens(elijk) door zijn excentriciteit: zijn vermogen om van buitenaf naar zichzelf te kijken. Geen enkel ander dier of ding kan op zo’n manier afstand van zichzelf nemen, maar dat betekent ook dat geen enkel ander wezen zo’n kloof met zichzelf ervaart. Door die kloof voelen we een gebrek aan geborgenheid en zijn we daarom altijd op zoek naar een veilig thuis. De excentrische positie zorgt er ook voor dat de mens zich fundamenteel onaf voelt. En in een poging daar wat aan te doen, gaat de mens aan de slag met techniek en cultuur. Techniek staat daarmee niet (alleen) tegenover of naast de mens, maar is ook onderdeel van de mens. “Dat maakt dat, volgens Plessner, de mens van nature kunstmatig is,” legt De Mul uit.

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Brief CV Jos de Mul

(Prof.dr.) Jos de Mul is full professor Philosophy of Man and Culture at the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and scientific director of the Research Institute Philosophy of Information and Communication Technology (φICT). He has also taught at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Fudan University (Shanghai). From 2007-2010 he was president of the International Association for Aesthetics. His publications include: Romantic Desire in (Post)Modern Art and Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 1999) , The Tragedy of Finitude. Dilthey's Hermeneutics of Life (Yale University Press, 2004), Cyberspace Odyssey (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).  He is the winner of the Praemium Erasmianum Research Prize and the Socrates Prize. His work has been translated in more than a dozen languages.