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The Digital Cast of Being

Metaphysics, Mathematics, Cartesianism, Cybernetics, Capitalism, Communication

Michael Eldred

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Available from  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.

Read also 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).

We live 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.

Copyright (c) 2000-2011 by Michael Eldred, all rights reserved. This text may be used and shared in accordance with the fair-use provisions of U.S. copyright law, and it may be archived and redistributed in electronic form, provided that the author is notified and no fee is charged for access. Archiving, redistribution, or republication of this text on other terms, in any medium, requires the consent of the author.
Last modified: 31-Jan-2014
Version 3.0 June 2011
Version 2.0 June 2009
First put on site 28-May-2009

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