Futuristic Societies. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick, 1968. Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982. Born in Chicago Began writing 1952 Interest in metaphysics and theology Questioning the universe Fictionalizing philosophizer 44 published novels, 121 short stories
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick, 1968
Born in Chicago
Began writing 1952
Interest in metaphysics and theology
Questioning the universe
44 published novels,
121 short stories
Blade runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly
What is behind our appetite for doomsday visions?
Are we confronting deep-seated species-wide fear?
Can’t we wait for the end of the world?
Philosophy & Culture
The Road , 2006, Cormac McCarthy.
It is a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed all civilization and, apparently, almost all life on earth.
An android is a robot or synthetic organism designed to look and act like a human.
Largely within the domain of science fiction
Frequently seen in film and television.
Honda and several other corporations and private enterprises have developed impressive androids
A long way to go to make them fully human like.
Star Wars – Luke Skywalker and c-3po
What constitutes the quality of being human?
What role does nature play for humans?
Destruction of the world as we know it
Insanity of humans
Non-comprehension of their insanity
Empathy – group fusion / moral choices
Move to Mars!
Michel Foucault:“the idea of a social body constituted by the universality of wills” is a great fantasy
the “phenomenon of the social body is the effect not of a consensus but of the materiality of power operating on the very bodies of individuals.”
Earth has created a hierarchy of power
Empathy – social structure
Married to Iran
No children, but an artificial sheep
Identity linked to destroyed nature
Creation of a subject-identity ~ possession of power over an animal (nature)
Fake nature fake identity grey zone between human and android
Android are indistinguishable from humans empathy test
Annual, decisive personality tests
Survival of the fittest
Empathy and fusion
Human = non-android
Empathy solely towards other humans
Doubt creates a dilemma despair and resignation
Inter-subjective identity formation as key to humanity
The empathy box
Marital relationships ~ Rachel Rosen
Reconciling the diminishing distinction between humans and androids
Mercer: “the basic condition of life to be required to violate your own identity”
Enlightenment – The Tomb World
Religion called Mercerism
Establish ethical, moral norms of behavior
Create empathetic fusion
Shame / blushing reaction
Mercer, the person ~ Jesus?
Repetitive cycle – no forward momentum
Opposed to Kierkegaard – the individual + God
Mankind’s inherent stupidity
Collective path to doom
Self-destruction / Existential angst