Name: Themis ArgyropoulosDDM StudentStudent ID: s0972409Course: Media and CultureSubject:
‘What is a cyborg? Contrast the way the body is depicted in the cyborg literaturewith the conceptions of classical neo-platonism, cartesianism, (empiricism), Freud (and Foucault).’
Note regarding the subject:
I’ve chosen to criticize the dualist premises (pertainingespecially to
cartesianism and neoplatonism
) underlying the depictions of the body incyborg literature from an
(‘embodiment and embeddedness’) and
perspective. Foucault and empiricism are only mentioned on the flow.
Contemporary cyborg literature has established a series of widely accepted mental prototypes andcultural stereotypes regarding a cyborg’s physical apparatus. In this paper, the core dualist premises of suchstandard depictions are addressed and criticized, especially from the viewpoint of the philosophy of ‘embodiment and embeddedness’ and psychoanalysis. In the end, some ideological functions of suchmainstream conceptualizations are discussed.
Irrespectively of the quality (e.g., Hollywood film production) of the literary products inwhich it might be found, the very way in which the bodily apparatus of a cyborg is depicteddeserves to be critically assessed as another contemporary cultural artefact. In other words,no matter their mass consumption, such cultural products rely on strong philosophical premises, and have concrete (yet latent) ideological functions, both deserving description anddiscussion.