Does an Ontic Whole Exist? Conditions of Possibility and Technology Use

Bas de Boer*

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In this commentary, I scrutinize Coeckelbergh’s criticism of postphenomenology, and question whether postphenomenology indeed tends to neglect the social dimension of technology use (ontic), and must necessarily be conceived as being in opposition to transcendental philosophy (ontological). Second, I suggest that the Wittgensteinian concepts that Coeckelbergh introduces are interesting additions to the concepts used in postphenomenology, but that his use of the term “transcendental” seems up to now primarily to be a rhetorical means enabling him to distance himself from postphenomenology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1401-1407
Number of pages7
JournalFoundations of science
Issue number4
Early online date20 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Empirical philosophy
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Postphenomenology
  • Transcendental turn
  • 2023 OA procedure


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