Many attempts of contemporary philosophers to reduce ‘mind’ to
‘body’ notwithstanding, where the ‘body’ is understood in the
Cartesian framework, the continental philosophers in general
repeatedly remind us that body has a significance that goes beyond its
materiality as a bio-chemical physical substance. In “questioning body,” we
wish to take up the philosophical underpinnings of the significance of body as
a framework or tool to understand ‘technology’. In the process, the paper
attempts to show how a “sense of body” evolves hermeneutically.
It is otiose to state that technology is the most visible thread by which
the modern societies are connected with each other in their economic and
other socio-cultural spheres. However, a philosophical take on technology
inevitably leads us to probe our own ‘body’. The link between ‘technology’ and
‘body’ is more obvious than any philosophical arguments that purport to
establish the ‘truth’ of ‘individualism’ against ‘holism’ as an ontological
statement about society—‘society’ as a conglomeration of individual ‘bodies.’
Rather, as Fortunati et al. point out, .” . . [T]he body is increasingly running the
risk of becoming an appendix to the machine, despite there being, as Nietzsche
wrote . . . more reason in the body than in our best wisdom.” Those who
apprehend this possibility argue that, technology has become an end in itself
rather than a mere means for human ends. As an end in itself, technology has
succeeded in “invading the body.” Thus, Fortunanti et al. remarks:

The human body is undergoing the same processes today
that nature once underwent. In fact, whereas initially
technology turned to nature, today it has become very
interested in the human body . . . Communication
technologies have extended the boundaries of the body,
increasing the capacity to transmit information.
Technology has progressively grown closer to our bodies,
approaching through first clothing, then synthetic
clothing fibers, and finally “smart fabrics,” wearable
computers, and communicative machines embedded . . .
into the body.

With the advent of the Cyborg, the technological invasion of body is
complete!

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