de gruyter/ontos verlag Frankfurt, Germany and online bookstores such as
Amazon, where parts can be read, under the title
The Digital Cast of Being: Metaphysics, Mathematics,
Cartesianism, Cybernetics, Capitalism, Communication 2009 Hardback
137 pp. ISBN 978-3-86838-045-3 and also as an e-book. Also at
Google Book Search. An emended,
revised and extended (215 pp.) e-book edition, Version 3.0, 2011
is available here free. Also in HTML.
See the review in Notre
Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010.06.11: "The Digital Cast of
Being is a very ambitious attempt to integrate fundamental ontology
with a social ontology of the digital economy. It is worth reading and
pondering." Val Dusek, University of New Hampshire.
Shawn Loht's review in Auslegung
Volume 30 No. 1 2009:
"Eldred's approach in this text is commendable because it does not judge the digital cast of being on
moral grounds but rather unfolds the topic phenomenologically. ... His argument invites further
questioning into what constitutes such a cast and of whether digitization falls within the rubric of Western
metaphysics' cast of being as presence."
Bradley Compton writes:
"Eldred describes contemporary digital reality as the necessary culmination of Aristotelian, and
eventually Cartesian, 'lifting of the logos and number from natural beings'. ... In cadence with
Heidegger, Eldred iterates that through time comes access to Being; time 'holds it open, without the
logos, or prior to the logos' and that we cannot understand the temporality of Dasein
through the logos." The Domain Shared by Computational and Digital Ontology:
A Phenomenological Exploration and Analysis Florida State University 2009 (ISBN: 978-1243678560 2011).
today surrounded by countless digital gadgets and navigate through cyberspace
as if it were the most natural thing in the world. This digital cast of
being, however, comes from a long history of philosophical and mathematical
thinking in which the Western will to productive power over movement has
attained its consummation. This study traces the digital dissolution of
beings from the Pythagoreans, Plato and Aristotle's ontology via Cartesian
mathematical science through to our digitized economy and telecommunications.
With an appendix reinterpreting quantum mechanical indeterminacy phenomenologically.