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New Romantic Cyborgs: Romanticism, Information Technology, and the End of the Machine

Mark Coeckelbergh


Most people assume that technology and romanticism are opposed. They share this assumption with many contemporary philosophers of technology, who tend to reduce romanticism to nostalgia. This book questions these assumptions and shows that the relation between romanticism and technology is much more complex. For this purpose it delves into the history of technology and thinking about technology, from the early Romantics to hippie computing and today’s romantic cyborgs. The book updates the literature on technoromanticism, but also raises a new question: it seems that as machines become more h ... More

Keywords: Philosophy of Technology, Romanticism, Technoromanticism, Romantic Machines, Cyborgs, Information Technology, End of the Machine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035460
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Coeckelbergh, author
University of Vienna