Mis Understanding Kant

In all our attempts to understand the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, we inevitably encounter the question regarding the 'thing-in-itself. This question can be answered in a roughly correct and in a woefully incorrect manner. By speaking of 'noumenal technologies', this chapter will be flirting with the incorrect one. According to the roughly correct account, the things-in-themselves are nature unrepresented in experience - if it were possible to speak of this nature at all.6 We do not and cannot...

Drexler and Non Presentism

Engineers and chemists both bring a thing-making orientation to nanotechnology. What is perhaps new for chemists, though, is the idea that the epistemic materials they are making should be construed primarily as technological artifacts (or parts thereof). It is this process of recasting that has provided much of the hype of nanotechnology, as well as some of the internal frictions of the nano community. It is not immediately obvious in what sense molecules or supramolecular assemblies should be...