“The end of the Dreyfus affair”: (post)Heideggerian meditations on man, machine, and meaning

Ali, Syed Mustafa (2004). “The end of the Dreyfus affair”: (post)Heideggerian meditations on man, machine, and meaning. In: Gorayska, Barbara and Mey, Jacob L. eds. Cognition And Technology: co-existence, convergence and co-evolution. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co., pp. 333–344.

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In this paper, the possibility of developing a Heideggerian solution to the Schizophrenia Problem associated with cognitive technologies is investigated. This problem arises as a result of the computer bracketing emotion from cognition during human-computer interaction and results in human psychic self-amputation. It is argued that in order to solve the Schizophrenia Problem, it is necessary to first solve the 'hard problem' of consciousness since emotion is at least partially experiential. Heidegger's thought, particularly as interpreted by Hubert Dreyfus, appears relevant in this regard since it ostensibly provides the basis for solving the 'hard problem' via the construction of artificial systems capable of the emergent generation of conscious experience. However, it will be shown that Heidegger's commitment to a non-experiential conception of nature renders this whole approach problematic, thereby necessitating consideration of alternative, post-Heideggerian approaches to solving the Schizophrenia Problem.

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