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New Romantic CyborgsRomanticism, Information Technology, and the End of the Machine$
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Mark Coeckelbergh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035460

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035460.001.0001

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Introduction: The Question Concerning Technology and Romanticism

Introduction: The Question Concerning Technology and Romanticism

(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Question Concerning Technology and Romanticism
New Romantic Cyborgs

Mark Coeckelbergh

The MIT Press

The introduction explains that the main argument and narrative of this book is that technology and romanticism are not in opposition to each other. The literature of the philosophy of technology lacks attention to the relationship between romanticism and technology; conversely, in related fields like cultural studies, sociology, and media studies, there is much literature about this relationship and its history. This book focuses on specific and contemporary technologies and critically examines its own arguments. The book also discusses how to move past romanticism, while acknowledging that the means of analysis are informed by Romanticism. It is comprised of three parts which discuss the traditional opposition between technology and romanticism, the complex relationship between them, and the ways to move beyond romantic and machine thinking.

Keywords:   Romanticism, Technology, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Rationalism, Machine, Cyberromanticism, Technoromanticism

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