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The Cyborg as an Interpretation of Culture-Nature

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Abstract:

The idea of “nature” performs an important cultural work. The cyborg-nature is an attempt to free ourselves from the features of the culturally authorized concepts of nature. The cyborg offers new metaphors to both academic and popular theorizing for comprehending the different ways that sciences and technologies affect our lives, subjectivities, and concepts. The cyborg is a lived reality and a metaphor. Paul Tillich deemed it necessary to have a mythos of technology to explain our technologies and ourselves. He offered “The Technical City” as a symbol for his age. Donna Haraway's cy-borg-figure could function as a symbol to interpret our time and technologies and ourselves.

Keywords: Donna Haraway; Paul Tillich; cyborg; symbol; technonature; the ideas ofnature

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00339

Affiliations: Tartu State University

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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