Presentation Title

Beyond Systems Thinking: Science and Technology as Creative Cooperation

Faculty Mentor

Matthew Calarco

Start Date

23-11-2019 11:15 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:30 AM

Location

Markstein 209

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

Systems theory and cybernetics, as ontological frameworks, have had an immense influence on Western approaches to a wide array of fields and endeavors such as city planning and environmental engineering. In this presentation, I first utilize Martin Heidegger's account of technology as a ordering 'bringing-forth' to examine the ethical and epistemological problems with research and engineering that operates from a reductionist systems theory perspective. The problems raised are situated in terms of harmful government policies, and historical violence done to marginalized peoples in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. I then consider, in general terms, the merits of alternative ethical-epistemological-ontological frameworks from thinkers including Friedrich Nietzsche and Donna Haraway. Finally, I provide a sketch of a broadly ethical and epistemologically mature approach to scientific research and engineering enabled by these alternative frameworks.

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Nov 23rd, 11:15 AM Nov 23rd, 11:30 AM

Beyond Systems Thinking: Science and Technology as Creative Cooperation

Markstein 209

Systems theory and cybernetics, as ontological frameworks, have had an immense influence on Western approaches to a wide array of fields and endeavors such as city planning and environmental engineering. In this presentation, I first utilize Martin Heidegger's account of technology as a ordering 'bringing-forth' to examine the ethical and epistemological problems with research and engineering that operates from a reductionist systems theory perspective. The problems raised are situated in terms of harmful government policies, and historical violence done to marginalized peoples in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. I then consider, in general terms, the merits of alternative ethical-epistemological-ontological frameworks from thinkers including Friedrich Nietzsche and Donna Haraway. Finally, I provide a sketch of a broadly ethical and epistemologically mature approach to scientific research and engineering enabled by these alternative frameworks.