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ChatGPT through postphenomenology and deconstruction: On the possibility of a Derridean philosophy of technology

Betriu Yáñez, Víctor (2023) ChatGPT through postphenomenology and deconstruction: On the possibility of a Derridean philosophy of technology.

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Abstract:This master’s thesis analyses ChatGPT through postphenomenology and deconstruction with a two-fold aim: on the one hand, to better understand what is structurally at stake in our ways of relating to ChatGPT, that is, even if all social risks were effectively mitigated; on the other hand, to explore the possibility of the thought of Jacques Derrida to contribute to mainstream philosophy of technology in order to sharpen our philosophical artillery to not only account for how concrete technologies transform our experience but also our ways of thinking. My research question is thus: How could Jacques Derrida’s works help us better understand ChatGPT compared to mainstream approaches in philosophy of technology and what would this show regarding the possibility of a Derridean philosophy of technology? I address this question in three main steps. First, I identify the unresolved philosophical issues in the discourse surrounding ChatGPT. Second, I carry out a postphenomenological analysis of ChatGPT to show its capacity and identify its limitations. Third, I carry out a Derridean analysis of ChatGPT and argue that it helps us to better understand this technology by paying attention to how it affects and is affected by our common and interiorized ways of thinking. Finally, I conclude that a Derridean philosophy of technology would aim at explaining why we might be relating to particular technologies and, importantly, to foreground the political implications of having certain ways of thinking reinforced by our technological surroundings.
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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