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Organon F

Volume 26, May 2019, Issue 2, Pages 249–264

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Knowledge after the End of Nature: A Critical Approach to Allen’s Concept of Artifactuality

Sezen Bektaş

https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26204

Abstract

Barry Allen’s criticism of the traditional definition of knowledge seems to share a radical tone with Stephan Vogel’s concerns about the customary representation of the causes that lie behind our current environmental problems. Both philosophers voice their complaints about the Cartesian picture of the world and dismiss the core idea behind the notorious duality embedded in that picture. What they propose instead is a monistic perspective positing an artifactual networking. In this paper, I will try to draw attention to certain weak aspects of Allen’s refreshing description of knowledge as “superlative artifactual performance” and offer a way to improve that characterization via Vogel’s notion “wildness.” More specifically, I will propose a solution to the problems pertaining to the distinction between good and bad artifacts with respect to the epistemic criteria proposed by Allen, and claim that the temporal gap standing in between the expectations of a designer and the qualities of her design may contribute to our understanding of the nature of an artifact. I maintain that each creative attempt to know a given artifact is to be appreciated by recognizing its different uses. In doing so, I will also try to show why and how certain bad artifacts get their undesirable status because of leading up to techno-cultural stagnation.

Keywords

Allen; artifactuality; knowledge; use-value; Vogel; wildness.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Sezen Bektaş

Affiliation

Middle East Technical University

Address

Philosophy Department, Middle East Technical University, Dumlupinar Bulvari, 1, 06800 Ankara, Turkey

E-mail

sezen.altug@metu.edu.tr

About this article

Received

9 July 2018

Accepted

5 November 2018

Published online

14 March 2019

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

APA

Bektaş, S. (2019). Knowledge after the End of Nature: A Critical Approach to Allen’s Concept of Artifactuality. Organon F, 26(2), 249–264. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26204

Chicago

Bektaş, Sezen. 2019. "Knowledge after the End of Nature: A Critical Approach to Allen’s Concept of Artifactuality." Organon F 26 (2): 249–264. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26204

Harvard

Bektaş, S. (2019). Knowledge after the End of Nature: A Critical Approach to Allen’s Concept of Artifactuality. Organon F, 26(2), pp. 249–264. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26204

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© Sezen Bektaş

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