March 18, 2020

Luka Janeš The edges of psycho-phenomenological space in the era of screen and digital media

The time of pictures, screens and electric circuits, which through social networks and the digital media connect, and sometimes even transcend, the human psychic phenomenological space, transmute them into spheres of simulacrum (Baudrillard). Such simulacrums seem to become even more real than the empirical domains of direct physical relationships and dialogue. They crystallise a crucial problem of the human psychic identity as it is impacted by the avatarisation and technicisation of the human being. Thus this lecture takes issue with the overlaps between the living and the digital, in an attempt to uncover the phenomenological and ontological edges of the human per se. A question arises here of whether the ideal of aletheie (Heidegger), namely that of being uncovered, or revealed, can unfold in the expanses of digital networks. In other words, can teh platform of an on-line agora facilitate and actualise a core human, dynamic, integrative, true and free environment, or does it lead us away into the domains of a technicised psyche — passive and estranged from the human (Schweityer, Jurić), evolutionarz, historical and worldly commonness. In the context of domination of visuality, pictures and identity symbols, the lecture focuses on the unavoidable problem of narcicism (Kohut), as well as a sequence of psychopathological sequences which this phenomenon inherently incites.

Luka Janeš is an associate of the University Centre for Integrative Bioethics of the University of Zagreb and leader of the Centre’s Research Board for Bioethics and psyche. In the 2019/2020 year he is teaching the seminar “Psychiatry and Society” within the study programmes of sociology and psychology at the Faculty of Croatian Studies of the University of Zagreb. He is a member of junior editors of the journals Filozofska istraživanja and Synthesis Philosophica.


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