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Tracking the Self in Self-Tracking: Gilles Deleuze and the Quantified Self

Haan, Jonathan de (2018) Tracking the Self in Self-Tracking: Gilles Deleuze and the Quantified Self.

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Abstract:The boundaries that separate a human being from the rest of the world are shifting, and at times even disappearing. In questioning the boundaries and the limits of the individual, the question of what it means to be human surfaces. The term posthuman has become central to this debate.This thesis aligns itself with more radical post-humanistic thinkers and thus views the subject as nomadic, embodied and embedded within a locale. Self tracking, as a practice, will serve as a vehicle to investigate how technologies in everyday society are forces of subjectification. The following research question will guide these investigations: “What can a post-humanistic perspective on subjectivity, that frames the subject as being shaped and always evolving, reveal about the subjectification processes that are involved in practices of self tracking and self quantification?” The philosophy of Deleuze&Guattari will underpin a large part of the arguments of this thesis. Their approach to philosophy, can be called “rhizomatic”. The rhizome is a root system without a clear beginning and without a clear end, and thus always in the middle. Two central assumptions follow from this, that will also form the basis of this thesis. One, the subject is not given. Subjects and individuals are created and they change over time. Two, it is ‘in between’ that anything happens. This rhizomtic analysis will result in an overview of different relations that shape the subject in modern society.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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