Earthing Technology: Toward an Eco-centric Concept of Biomimetic Technologies in the Anthropocene

Vincent Blok*

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Abstract

In this article, we reflect on the conditions under which new technologies emerge in the Anthropocene and raise the question of how to conceptualize sustainable technologies therein. To this end, we explore an eco-centric approach to technology development, called biomimicry. We discuss opposing views on biomimetic technologies, ranging from a still anthropocentric orientation focusing on human management and control of Earth’s life-support systems, to a real eco-centric concept of nature, found in the responsive conativity of nature. This concept provides the ontological and the epistemological condition for an eco-centric concept of biomimetic technologies in the Anthropocene. We distinguish five principles for this concept that can guide future technological developments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-149
JournalTechné: Research in Philosophy and Technology
Volume21
Issue number2/3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Anthropocene
  • Biomimicry
  • Ecomimesis
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Sustainable technology

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