• Disability and Prosthesis Beyond Utility and Function

    Author(s):
    Jonathan Paul Mitchell (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Disability
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Disability, Arts and Health
    Conf. Org.:
    University of Bergen
    Conf. Loc.:
    University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
    Conf. Date:
    1-2 September 2016
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6PT0M
    Abstract:
    Technologies are not mere external utilities, but are profoundly involved within human development. Explanation of such involvement takes various forms. Like natural and social artefacts, technologies have a historical development, and can acquire metaphysical baggage. One way to conceptualise technology is prosthesis: a tool—from a flint or a hammer, to language —that extends or enables capacities. I’ll discuss prosthesis as a human-technology relation, and consider three such conceptualisations—instrumentalism, Bernard Stiegler’s originary technicity, and Gilbert Simondon’s concretisation—and discuss their relevance to and potential for thinking about disability.
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