Paniek in de Polder. Polytiek in tijden van populisme

Paniek in de Polder. Polytiek in tijden van populisme

Jos de Mul. Paniek in de Polder. Polytiek in tijden van populisme. Rotterdam: Lemniscaat, februari 2017. Uitgebreide en geactualiseerde editie met twee extra hoofdstukken en…

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Kunstmatig van nature. Onderweg naar Homo sapiens 3.0

Kunstmatig van nature. Onderweg naar Homo sapiens 3.0

Jos de Mul, Kunstmatig van nature. Onderweg naar Homo sapiens 3.0. Essay Maand van de Filosofie. Rotterdam: Lemiscaat, 2014.1ste druk: 2014; 2de druk: 2016.  In…

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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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PedoBot® is niet boos, maar wel verdrietig (en soms opgewonden)

PedoBot® is niet boos, maar wel verdrietig (en soms opgewonden)

Jos de Mul. PedoBot® is niet boos, maar wel verdrietig (en soms opgewonden). Over intelligente robots, emoties en sociale interactie. In J.B. de Jong (red.),…

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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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Possible printings.  On 3D printing, database ontology and open (meta)design

Possible printings. On 3D printing, database ontology and open (meta)design

Jos de Mul. Possible printings. On 3D printing, database ontology and open (meta)design. In: B. van den Berg, S. van der Hof & E. Kosta…

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Possible printings.  On 3D printing, database ontology and open (meta)design

Possible printings. On 3D printing, database ontology and open (meta)design

Jos de Mul. Possible printings. On 3D printing, database ontology and open (meta)design. In: B. van den Berg, S. van der Hof & E. Kosta…

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Jos de Mul, Information hunters in the newest stone age. Guest lecture at the School of Journalism and Communication, Henan Universtiy, Kaifeng, October 22, 2012.
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vrijdag, 17 augustus 2012 15:45

2012/06/28-30. Next Nature and the City.

Jos de Mul, Next Nature and the City. Invited lecture at the conference.“Nature and the City”. Organized by the Laboratory for Research on the City, the Italian Society for Aesthetics, in conjunction with the University of Bologna. Bologna, June 28-30, 2012.

Bologna Banner625The city, too, is landscape. We can leave it by going into nature exchanging the urban for the rural, but we can also enter the city to live within the architecture and contemplate its forms. Every architectural structure is a landscape and promotes an educational or paedeumatic relationship between the spirit and the environment. Our gaze and our bodies activate a certain way of contemplating that promotes the interchange between the external perception of the physical world and an internal seeing, which is the psychic perception of the visual image. There is a close relationship between the aesthetic experience of the natural environment and that of the urban landscape. In the same way that humankind lives on the earth so, too, it lives in the city.

The theme could be approached from various perspectives such as 'nature/culture', 'city as human nature', 'ecology and the city', symbols and metaphors, domesticated nature, nature interiorized, parks and natural environments, and other related issues.

 

Conference proposed by Laboratory for Research on the City in collaboration with Sie - Società Italiana d'Estetica – and by IAA - International Association of Aesthetics.

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vrijdag, 17 augustus 2012 14:41

2012/09/09 (Beijing) New Humanism

Jos de Mul, New humanism. Invited lecture at the International Academic Conference “Bahuangtongshen—New Humanism · Lu Yushun” Beijing, September 9, 2012.

Lu Yushun, a notable Chinese contemporary artist of mountains-and-waters paintings, a professor and a PH.D supervisor, is the vice minister of China National Academy of Painting and the vice president of Harbin Normal University. As one of the leading characters in the field of Chinese contemporary mountains-and-waters paintings, he still keeps the tradition of attaching Chinese poems with calligraphy art and stamping his own seal to his works and, on the other hand, tries to make modernized transfer about his works. His influential series of thematically created works include "Bahuangtongshen", "The Spirit Home", "The Beautiful Landscape", "The Splendid Mountains and Waters" and "The Dream on the Other Side of the River". All these works fully elaborate the spirits of Chinese culture with a unique vision of Chinese fine art, and vividly reflect the aesthetic feature of Chinese art. Meanwhile, he combines foreign factors into his own works and creates a profound, fresh, colorful and diversified art style—Yushun style. Carrying forward the tradition and harmonizing with the modern style, Mr. Lu Yushun depicts the beautiful nature and strong affection of modern human beings with his humanistic feelings. He reveals the aesthetic features of Oriental and reflects the mysterious and profound spirits and qualities of Chinese art.

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Jos de Mul, The (Bio)technological Sublime. After Hours Conversation lecture. Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, October 2, 2012.

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In our (post)modern world it is no longer the superior forces of nature that calls forth the experience of the sublime, but rather, the superior forces of technology. However, with the transfer of power from divine nature to human technology, the ambiguous experience of the sublime also nests in the latter. In the era of converging technologies – information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology and the neurosciences – it is technology itself that gains an ungeheuer character in its battle with nature. Without doubt these technologies have increased our power over nature enourmously.

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However, this does not mean that we have become gods in the sense that we have gained control over our own destiny. Rather, our relation with nature is changing:

Where technology and nature are traditionally seen as opposed to each other, they now appear to merge or even trade places. While old nature, in the sense of trees, plants, animals, atoms, or climate, is increasingly controlled and governed by man – it is turned into a cultural category –, our technological environment becomes so complex and uncontrollable, that we start to relate to it as a nature of its own.

While technology is an expression of the grandeur of the human intellect, we also increasingly experience it as a force that controls and threatens us. Technologies such as atomic power station and genetic modification, to mention just two paradigmatic examples, are Janus-faced: they reflect, at once, our hope for the benefits they may bring as well as our fear of their uncontrollable, destructive potentials.

At first sight it seems that in these cases technology completely controls and conquers nature. However, in the fast growing domain of the biotechnologies (which will probably become as important in the twenty-first century as the physical sciences were in the twentieth century), we witness a remarkable revenge of nature within technology. After all, technologies like genetic modification and synthetic biology create entities that are no longer passive manipulatable innate elements, but have, and will increasingly have, their ‘own agenda’.

A full version of this lecture will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Institute Letter of the IAS.

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Jos de Mul, Literary theory in the age of hypermedia. Keynote lecture at the symposium New Media and the Turn of Contemporary Literary Theory.Organized by the Chinese Association of Sino-Foreign Literary Theory. Kaifeng, October 20-21.

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Jos de Mul, Popular culture in the age of digital recombination. Keynote lecture at the conference  Aesthetics of popular culture. Organized by the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava, and the Aalto University, Finland. Bratislava, 29. November – 1. December, 2012.

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Jos de Mul, Op weg naar het beloofde land! Pim Fortuyn en het politieke messianisme. 10de Rotterdamlezing. Rotterdam, 2 mei 2012.

Mevrouw de loco-burgemeester, meneer de rector, geachte aanwezigen,

Op zondag 6 mei a.s. herdenken wij dat Pim Fortuyn tien jaar geleden op brute wijze door milieuactivist Volkert van der Graaf werd vermoord, een voor Nederlandse begrippen ongehoorde daad van politiek geweld. Vriend en vijand zijn het er over eens dat de ‘Fortuyn-revolte’ de Nederlandse politiek diepgaand, en wellicht blijvend, heeft beïnvloed. Over de vraag wat die invloed precies is geweest en hoe we die dienen te waarderen, lopen de meningen echter sterk uiteen. Is het ‘gedachtegoed van Pim’ vooral gelegen in de inhoudelijke thema’s die hij agendeerde: immigratie en integratie, Nederlandse identiteit, islamisering, de kloof tussen politiek en burgers, en tussen media en burgers? Die stelling is bijvoorbeeld vijf jaar geleden verdedigd door Wim Couwenberg in zijn terugblik op de Fortuyn-revolte, waarbij hij aantekende dat dit politiek programma, ondanks de demonisering die Fortuyn ten deel viel, na diens dood van links tot rechts is overgenomen. In zijn onlangs gepubliceerde boek 10 jaar zonder Pim plaatst Joost Eerdmans vraagtekens bij die stelling. Volgens hem zijn Fortuyns islamkritiek en kritiek op het gebrek aan openheid in de politiek – zie het schimmenspel rond de benoeming van de nieuwe vicepresident van de Raad van State – nog steeds taboe en heeft de gevestigde politiek zich ook weinig aangetrokken van Fortuyns kritiek op de schaalvergroting in onderwijs en gezondheidszorg. Daarbij komt, naar mijn mening, dat Fortuyn weliswaar een scherp criticus was van de ‘Puinhopen van Paars’, maar in zijn boeken Aan het Volk van Nederland (1992) en De overheid als ondernemer (1993), uiteindelijk uit hetzelfde neoliberale vaatje tapte als Paars.

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zaterdag, 07 april 2012 12:40

2012-04-27 (Nijmegen) Ziel zonder lichaam.

Ziel zonder lichaam. Gesprek met Taede Smedes over de ziel in het transhumanisme, onder leiding van Veronica Vasterling. Filosofisch Festival De Ziel van Nijmegen, Nijmegen 27 april, 2012.

 

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Kunnen mens en computer ooit versmelten tot een nieuwe levensvorm, waarbij de ziel voortleeft in een computer? Nick Bostrom, een bekende transhumanist, stelde in zijn TED-lezing dat de mens een groot probleem moet overwinnen: zijn sterfelijkheid. Op dit moment sterft statistisch gezien 99,9 % van de mensen, volgens hem is dit niet nodig en kunnen we het sterfcijfer flink terugdringen. Transhumanisten geloven in een kern van de mens die zonder het lichaam kan voortbestaan. Het lichaam is zwak en kan door technologie vervangen worden, de ziel kan worden gevangen in technologie en zo eeuwig ‘leven'.  Tijdens het festival gaan filosoof Jos de Mul en theoloog Taede Smedes onder leiding van filosoof Veronica Vasterling met elkaar in gesprek over de plaats van de ziel in het transhumanisme. Een zoektocht naar de menselijke kern.

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Jos de Mul. Ways of Knowing. Invited participant seminar organized by the Center of Theological Inquiry and the Institute of Advanced Study. Princeton, USA.

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