Event (20th August 2019, Tokyo): Hidetaka Ishida × Yuk Hui × Hiroki Azuma “Is a Post-European Philosophy of/in Technology Possible?

August 10, 2019

Hidetaka Ishida × Yuk Hui × Hiroki Azuma “Is a Post-European Philosophy of/in Technology Possible? On Hui’s The Question Concerning Technology in China and Ishida and Azuma’s New Semiotics.”


【Event Outline】

Is a Post-European Philosophy of/in Technology Possible?


We are honored to host eminent Berlin-based philosopher Yuk Hui, who will hold an open discussion on the future of philosophy with Hidetaka Ishida, Honorary Professor at the Univ. of Tokyo, and Hiroki Azuma.


Yuk Hui published The Question Concerning Technology in China (in English, from Urbanomics) in 2016, whose translation into Japanese we at Genron are now working on, in which he argues for the necessity of inventing a new philosophy under which we can analyze the social and cultural problems in/of technology (e.g. artificial intelligence, the smart city, robotics, etc.) beyond the European tradition of thinking on humans and techne (art and/or technology). Ishida and Azuma recently published a long dialogue titled New Semiotics (Shin Kigouron, in Japanese, from Genron) and examined the various philosophical problems and difficulties that emerge between the European tradition of mind theory, from Spinoza to Husserl and Freud, and the actual development of digital media technologies. In this discussion, we will delve into the intersection of these two books’ problematics and explore the invention of a new kind of philosophy, especially under the technological conditions of digital media and the cultural conditions of Asian society.


The talk will last 2 to 2.5 hours. The discussion will follow lectures by Yuk Hui and Ishida. Both the lectures and discussion will be in English.

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