Boston College Lynch School Contributor: David Goodman
Co-Authors/Presenters: Taiga Guterres, Karley Petersen, Matthew Clemente, Mookie Manalili, Sam Gable, William Hendel, and Eric Severson
Description: The advent of the technological age has altered the fabric of our lives. And while the rapidly changing technological landscape has received intensive commentary in recent years, psychoanalytic, phenomenological, and existential ideas are rarely deployed to conceptualize the nature of our present transformations. While remarks about our overreliance on technology have become commonplace, few observers have approached the subject with the type of depth, nuance, and rigor that the psychoanalytic and existential/phenomenological methods provide. That these have yet to be employed in the service of offering a more capacious conception of how technology impacts human subjectivity is a glaring omission, one that demands remedy. Technology is today’s crisis. In this symposium, the presenters-- speaking from the fields of psychology and philosophy-- will contribute to the creation of a laboratory within which psychoanalytic and existential-phenomenological formulations can be brought to bear on the impact technology has had on such facets of human subjectivity as embodiment, intimacy, political motivation, mortality, communication, interpersonal exchange, thought, attention, responsibility, vulnerability, and development.