Location: Trinity Long Room Hub, Neill Lecture Theatre

Date: 28 Apr

According to Dr Nolen Gertz, Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy, there is a tendency in technological production called the “leisure-as-liberation” model of technological design.  In this lecture, which will take place at 1pm on 28th April, he will outline how it has evolved from Aristotle to Marx, to today. In addition, Gertz aims to demonstrate how Nietzsche would criticize the idea that we could find liberation through leisure and will introduce Don Ihde’s postphenomenology in order to set up parallels between Nietzsche’s human-nihilism relations and Ihde’s human-technology relations. How can technologies mediate nihilism and how can nihilism mediate technologies? Dr Gertz will reflect on how rehabilitating the concept of responsibility can help us to move away from this nihilistic “leisure-as-liberation” model of technological design.


Nolen Gertz is Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente. He is the Coordinator of the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology’s Task Force on Risk, Safety and Security, and a Research Associate in Military Ethics at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of The Philosophy of War and Exile (Palgrave 2014), and is currently writing a book on Nihilism and Technology. He received his PhD in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research.

Register online: https://nolengertz.eventbrite.ie 

Organised by the Ethics & Privacy Working Group of the ADAPT Centre, in conjunction with the Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD School of Law, TCD School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology, TCD Library and DCU Institute of Ethics.

Information on the series can be found at: http://www.adaptcentre.ie/news/category/28