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COMMENTARYThe Art of Living with NZT and ICT: Dialecticsof an Artistic Case StudyHub Zwart1Published online: 17 October 2015ÓThe Author(s) 2015. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.comAbstractI wholeheartedly sympathize conceptually with Coeckelbergh’s paper. Thedialectical relationship between vulnerability and technology constitutes the core ofHegel’s Master and Slave (the primal scene of contemporary philosophy). Yet, theempirical dimension is underdeveloped and Coeckelbergh’s ideas could profit fromexposure to case studies. Building on a movie/novel (Limitless) devoted to vulnerabilitycoping and living with ICT, I challenge the claim that modern heroism entails overcomingvulnerability with the help of enhancement and computers.KeywordsDialecticsÁPhilosophy of technologyÁBrain cinemaÁGenres of theimaginationÁNeuro-enhancementMark Coeckelbergh convincingly regards the ethics and aesthetics of living with ICT as‘‘vulnerability coping’’: a matter of both ethics and art, both morality and style. Living-with-ICT is seen as a contemporary way of being-in-the-world, so that human existencefundamentally meansbeing-at-risk. New technologies willtransform, but nevererasehuman vulnerability, although various strategies of ‘‘vulnerability coping’’ may be sub-jected to a critical comparative analysis. Special attention is given to the humanenhancement-debate. Transhumanism is seen as an ‘‘anti-vulnerability program’’, a productof modern culture as an ‘‘anti-vulnerability culture’’.For me, as a ‘continental’ philosopher of technoscience, this line of reasoning is quitecongenial. In fact, existential vulnerability is already the starting-point of Hegel’s phe-nomenological-dialectical narrative of Master and Slave (which I still regard as the ‘primalscene’ of contemporary philosophy). The Master is vulnerable from the very outset, unableThis comment refers to the article available at doi:10.1007/s10699-015-9436-9.A reply to this comment is available at doi:10.1007/s10699-015-9439-6.&Hub Zwart[email protected]1P.O. Box 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen, The Netherlands123Found Sci (2017) 22:353–356DOI 10.1007/s10699-015-9438-7
himself to produce and process the items needed for his own subsistence (Hegel1807/1970/1986). As a gesture of despair, he throws himself into a dramatic decisive struggle, puttinghis life at risk, and initially, this seems to work well. Temporarily at least, he seems able torely on the work of the Slave (who is initially casted as the loser), on the tools andtechnologies the latter develops/deploys. Whereas the Master is allegedly autonomous, theSlave is supposedly heteronomous (subjected to the Master’s will). Gradually, however, dueto the tools and technologies he develops and puts to use, the Slave becomes increasinglypowerful and autonomous, and the Master increasingly vulnerable and dependent.

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