From Techno-Hypnosis to Orgies of Activism

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


According to Dr Nolen Gertz, Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy, there is a tendency in technological production called the “leisure-as-liberation” model of technological design. In this lecture, which will take place at 1pm on 28th April, he will outline how it has evolved from Aristotle to Marx, to today. In addition, Gertz aims to demonstrate how Nietzsche would criticize the idea that we could find liberation through leisure and will introduce Don Ihde's postphenomenology in order to set up parallels between Nietzsche’s human-nihilism relations and Ihde’s human-technology relations. How can technologies mediate nihilism and how can nihilism mediate technologies? Dr Gertz will reflect on how rehabilitating the concept of responsibility can help us to move away from this nihilistic “leisure-as-liberation” model of technological design.
Period28 Apr 2017
Event titleFrom Techno-Hypnosis to Orgies of Activism: On the Nihilism of Technology and the Technologies of Nihilism
Event typeSeminar
LocationDublin, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • nihilism
  • mediation theory
  • philosophy of technology
  • Nietzsche