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And while, referentially, one “reads through” the artifact, bodily-perceptually, it is what is read. I formalize this relation as human —> (technology-world). • Alterity relations. Not all of our relations with technologies are so referential. We may also—again actively—engage technologies themselves as quasi-objects or even quasiothers, hence the term alterity. In my earlier work, I used the examples of toys, objects that seem animated and with which one can play. Today, I probably would use robotic examples.
In the previous chapter, I noted that the early philosophy of science in the twentieth century began with the “mathematizers”: Duhem, Mach, and Poincare. By that scale, serious attention by philosophers to technology began a decade or two later, in the ﬁrst generation of what would become known as the philosophy of technology. Friedrich Dessauer Technoscience and Postphenomenology 27 returns in 1927 to Kapp’s title, with his own Philosophie der Technik: Das Problem der Realisierung. This is the same year as Martin Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit, in which the famous “tool analysis” takes shape, with hints of the ontological precedence of technology over science.
The basic tool kit related to the stretching of ropes. 1. Egyptian Rope Stretching Technoscience and Postphenomenology 31 By these means, straight lines for the laying of foundations or the marking of ﬁeld boundaries are easily grasped. Indeed, when I researched this history, I was amazed, since I too use this practice to lay out straight lines when planting my spring garden—making parallel lines for beans and peas and lettuces. And in my vacation home area, there still remains the town ofﬁce of the “fence watcher,” an ofﬁcial ofﬁce that cares for boundaries between properties in Vermont.