命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介 (Chinese translation of Destiny Domesticated\)

命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介 (Chinese translation of Destiny Domesticated\)

Jos de Mul. 命运的驯化——悲剧重生于技术精神 内容简介 (Chinese translation of Destiny Domesticated. The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology). Guilin:…

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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

Marxism according to Groucho     "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog…

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Cyberspace Odyssey. Towards a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology

Cyberspace Odyssey. Towards a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology

Jos de Mul. Cyberspace Odyssey. Towards a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology. Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010, 334 p. Translation of Cyberspace…

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The sovereign debt crisis or Sophie’s choice. On European tragedies, guilt and responsibility

The sovereign debt crisis or Sophie’s choice. On European tragedies, guilt and responsibility

Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens and Jos de Mul, The sovereign debt crisis or Sophie’s choice. On European tragedies, guilt and responsibility. Heinrich…

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The game of life

The game of life

Jos de Mul. The Game of Life: Narrative and Ludic Identity Formation in Computer Games.  In: Lori Way (ed.), Representations of…

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Plessner's Philosophical Anthropology. Perspectives and Prospects

Plessner's Philosophical Anthropology. Perspectives and Prospects

Jos de Mul. ( ed.), Plessner's Philosophical Anthropology. Perspectives and Prospects. Amsterdam/Chicago: Amsterdam University Press/Chicago University Press, 2014. Helmut Plessner (1892–1985)…

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The Tragedy of Finitude. Dilthey's Hermeneutics of Life

The Tragedy of Finitude. Dilthey's Hermeneutics of Life

Jos de Mul. The Tragedy of Finitude. Dilthey's Hermeneutics of Life. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010 (second edition - eBook), 424…

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The game of life. Narrative and ludic identity formation in computer games

The game of life. Narrative and ludic identity formation in computer games

Jos de Mul. The game of life. Narrative and ludic identity formation in computer games. In: J. Goldstein and J. Raessens,Handbook…

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Noble versus Dawkins. DNA Is not the program of the concert of life.

Noble versus Dawkins. DNA Is not the program of the concert of life.

Jos de Mul. Noble versus Dawkins. DNA Is not the program of the concert of life. Translation of Dutch review, published…

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Horizons of Hermeneutics

Horizons of Hermeneutics

Jos de Mul. Horizons of Hermeneutics: Intercultural Hermeneutics in a Globalizing World.  Frontiers of Philosophy in China. Vol. 6, No.…

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Romantic Desire in (Post)Modern Art and Philosophy

Romantic Desire in (Post)Modern Art and Philosophy

Jos de Mul. Romantic Desire in (Post)Modern Art and Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999, 316 p.…

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The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Recombination

The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Recombination

Jos de Mul. The work of art in the age of digital recombination. In J. Raessens, M. Schäfer, M. v. d.…

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Destiny Domesticated. The Rebirth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Technology

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Jos de Mul and Renée van de Vall (eds.). Gimme Shelter. Global Discourses in Aesthetics. International Yearbook of Aesthetics. Vol. 15. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2013.

Gimme Shelter. Global discourses in aesthetics contains a series of reflections on the impact of globalization on the arts and the aesthetic reflection on the arts. The authors – fifteen distinguished  aestheticians from all over the world -   discuss a variety of aesthetic questions brought forth by the aforementioned process of globalization. How do artistic practices and aesthetic experiences change in response to these developments? How should we articulate these changes on the theoretical level? When reflections on the significance of art and aesthetic experiences can no longer pretend to be universal, is it still possible to lay claim to  a wider validity than merely that of one’s own particular culture? What type of vocabulary allows for mutual – dialogical or even polylogical – exchanges and understandings when different traditions meet, without obliterating local differences? Is there a possibility for a creative re-description of globalization? And is there a meaning of ‘the global’ that cannot be reduced to universalism and unification? Can we seek shelter in a legitimate way?

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Jos de Mul, Forever online? Een socratische monoloog over de sociale media. Biddinghuizen: Lowlands, 17 augustus 2013.

Steeds meer mensen brengen steeds meer tijd door op de sociale media. Doen we daar wel goed aan? Met een verwijzing naar Plato's bespreking van de sociale media uit zijn tijd (het toen in opmars zijnde schrift) zal Jos de Mul ingaan op het nut en het nadeel van de sociale media voor ons leven.

 

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Jos de Mul, RayFish Footwear, or the age of the biotechnological sublime. 19th International Congress of Aesthetics. Krakow: Jagiellonian University, July 23, 2013.

The notion of the sublime, which since the nineteenth century is one of the dominant aesthetic categories, is strongly connected with (the artistic representation of) overwhelming nature. In my talk I will argue that in the course of the 20th century the sublime increasingly becomes entangled with the experience of technology. However, in the age of biotechnologies, such as genetic modification and synthetic biology, the sublime regains a natural dimension. Illustrated by RayFish Footware and some other striking examples of recent 'bio-art' it will be argued that in the age of biotechnology the difference between nature, technology and art will gradually vanish, and new dimensions of the sublime will become manifest.

 

 

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Jos de Mul. Playful Identities: From Narrative to Ludic Self-Construction. Lecture and chair of the Playful Identities Panel at the international conference Paul Ricoeur and the Future of the Humanities.University of Groningen.

Jos de Mul: Playful Identities: From Narrative to Ludic Self-Construction

The aim of the interdisciplinary (conceptual-philosophical, media-theoretical, and qualitative empirical) Playful Identities (NWO) program (2005-2011) was to investigate if, and if so, to what extent and in what way, digital information and communication technologies are transforming the (construction of) personal and cultural identity. To that end we’ve developed a theory of ludic identity that critically elaborates on Ricoeur's theory of narrative identity. In this theory play and games are not only appropriate metaphors for human identity, but they are also conceived of as means by which people reflexively construct their identity.  In his presentation, Jos de Mul will sketch the outlines of this theory of ludic identity, against the background of which the other panelists, who all participated in the research program, will present some of the research projects in more detail.

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Jos de Mul. The biotechnological sublime. From nature to technology and back. Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. The Institute Letter. Spring 2013, 17.

Many things are awesome, but none more awesome than man.

Sophocles

Every once in a while we experience something extraordinary. Such ‘awesome’ experiences might happen in our research, when we unexpectedly discover something really amazing, or when we come across a magnificent landscape, hear a piece of music that really moves us, or when we fall deeply in love. Traditionally these kinds of extraordinary experiences are called “sublime”. In the following I will present some reflections on one particular kind of sublimity: the technological sublime.

Jos de Mul. Destiny Domesticated, or Five Not-So-Easy Ways to Tame Fate, in Frank van der Stok (ed.). Daan Paans: Letters of Utopia. Breda: The Eriskay Connection, 2013, 145-157.

Fate. Sooner or later it knocks at everyone’s door. In many different ways. It can enter our lives gradually in the guise of an incurable disease or spring on us suddenly in the guise of an unexpected oncoming car in our lane. It can befall us from the outside like a devastating tsunami, or loom up from within like an all-consuming jealousy. Fate can happen unintentionally, or be done to us – or another person – on purpose. It comes in the horrible guise of war and the intoxicating appeal of an addiction. It is painful when it happens to us, and often even more painful when it befalls someone we love. Without wanting it our frail happiness is continuously interrupted by fatal events. And even when we are lucky enough to avoid grand catastrophes in our lives, in the end we inevitably lose our loved ones and we, ourselves die. While fate inescapably befalls us we find it hard to bear that thought. It is a burden that we cannot carry, but that we also cannot shed.

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Jos de Mul. Gast inSchepper & Co aan Tafel. Gezocht: bezielde leiders voor gezagscrisis, uitgezonden op 11 maart 2013.

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Het vertrouwen in gezag heeft op verschillende plekken in onze samenleving flinke deuken opgelopen. Bankiers graaien, bestuurders frauderen, wetenschappers verdraaien feiten en ook de kerk mist autoriteit.Hoe kan een leider dat gezag en vertrouwen op een geloofwaardige manier herstellen?Jacobine Geel ontvangt godsdienstpsycholoog Joke van Saane. Zij schreef een boek over geloofwaardig leiderschap. Volgens filosoof Jos de Mul laten leiders te veel hun oren hangen naar de publieke opinie. En Marcel Wintels, die als interim-bestuurder orde op zaken stelde bij onderwijsinstelling Amarantis, vertelt over het belang van betrokkenheid en bezieling.Schepper &Co aan tafel is een NCRV programma over actuele ontwikkelingen rondom levensbeschouwing en spiritualiteit. Een programma over mensen en de manier waarop zij in het leven staan.De tv-uitzending is elke maandag om 17:09 op Nederland 2 te zien.

 

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Jos de Mul. Reading and writing in the Newest Stone Age. Invited lecture at  the Non-Fiction Conference 2011: Quality Non-Fiction in the Digital Era. Dutch Foundation for Literature. Amsterdam. January 28, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jos de Mul, Athens, or the fate of Europe. Two faces of Greek tragedy. Invited lecture, Symposium Art and Culture. 23rd World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, August 4-10, 2013.WCP2013

The World Congresses of Philosophy are organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies in collaboration with one of its member societies. The xxiii World Congress of Philosophy will be held from August 4 through August 10, 2013, in Athens, Greece, under the auspices of the Hellenic Organizing Committee, which has been constituted by the Greek Philosophical Society.

The Congress has several aims, which are to be understood as complementary:

To inquire into the world’s philosophical traditions and compare them in terms of their diverse contributions and possible mutual cross-fertilization.

To reflect on the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world, taking account of the contributions, expectations, and gaps in philosophical awareness associated with other disciplines, with political, religious, social, economic, technological, etc., activities and with diverse cultures and traditions.

To emphasize the importance of philosophical reflection for public discourse on global issues affecting humanity.

Because of its cultural history and geographical situation, Athens is an ideal location for stimulating encounters between scholars from across the world. The main theme of the 2013 Congress, ‘Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life’, emphasizing both theory and practice, recalls the declaration of Socrates that the unexamined life is not worth living.

The 2013 Congress invites discussion of the nature, roles, and responsibilities of philosophy and philosophers today. It is committed to paying heed to the problems, conflicts, inequalities, and injustices connected with the development of a planetary civilization that is at once multicultural and techno-scientific.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:17

Sociale media, China’s nieuwe front

Jos de Mul, Sociale media, China’s nieuwe front. Trouw, 24 november 2012, Letter en Geest, 16-19.

ESSAY Oppositie was makkelijker te onderdrukken toen er nog geen internet of mobieltjes waren. Maar in China zijn critici van de overheid niet de enigen die de nieuwe media gebruiken. Ook de staat komt op ideeën.

De nachtelijke autorit van Zhengzhou Airport naar Kaifeng voert langs een eindeloze serie bouwprojecten. Zover het oog reikt tekenen de fel verlichte torenflats in aanbouw zich af tegen de donkere hemel. Hier wordt dag en nacht gewerkt. Zhengzhou, de aan de Gele Rivier gelegen hoofdstad van de provincie Henan, is niet alleen de bakermat van de Chinese cultuur, maar tevens één van China's dertien nieuwe megalopoleis. Naar verwachting zal het inwonertal de komende acht jaar van drie naar twaalf miljoen groeien.

Gastheer Li Yong informeert tijdens de rit of ik moe ben. Door een defect aan de pilotenstoel van de aftandse Boeing 767 heeft de reis van New York via Amsterdam naar Zhengzhou 82 uur geduurd en heb ik de eerste dag van de conferentie aan de universiteit van Henan over literatuur en nieuwe media, mijn eigen openingslezing incluis, gemist. Ik heb betere dagen gekend. Maar moe zijn is niet echt een optie in het bedrijvige China.

Sinds Deng 'Shopping' in de jaren tachtig de economische liberalisering inzette, schieten industriële centra, nieuwe stadswijken en luxueuze winkelcentra als paddestoelen uit de grond en shopt een snel groeiende middenklasse een postmoderne lifestyle bij elkaar.China2150x232

Ook op cultureel gebied lijkt er sprake van wat de Chinese leiders aan de vooravond van het 18de nationale congres van de Communistische Partij trots aanduidden als 'de Grote Chinese Renaissance'. De Chinese kunstwereld getuigt inderdaad van een indrukwekkende vitaliteit. Waar de avantgardes van de jaren tachtig en negentig, zoals Political Pop en Cynisch Realisme, zich vooral richtten op Westerse verzamelaars en musea, is inmiddels een bloeiende, nationale kunstmarkt ontstaan. Toen ik begin september op uitnodiging van schilder Lu Yushung de opening van de overzichtstentoonstelling van zijn werk in het Nationaal Kunstmuseum van China (NAMOC) in Peking bezocht, bleek dat een enorm mediaspektakel te zijn, waar celebrities, nouveaux riches en cameraploegen over elkaar heen buitelden. Na de opening werden de gasten naar het monumentale Beijing Hotel gevoerd, waar een flitsende modeshow aan ons voorbij trok. De extravagante, op de schilderijen van Lu geïnspireerde kleding die op de catwalk aan ons voorbijtrok, was ontworpen door de zuster van de schilder. Welkom in de wereld van 'het communisme met Chinese karaktertrekken'.

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