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Understanding Digital Events

Bergson, Whitehead, and the Experience of the Digital, 1st Edition

Edited by David Kreps


134 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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This book introduces an events-based approach to understanding digital experience. Focusing on the event-ontologies of Bergson and Whitehead’s process metaphysics, it explores subjective experience and objective reality as unified ‘events’ in the form of concrete slabs of existence. Such slabs are temporally defined by a term or period, in which all physical-chemical processes and personal subjective experience are included. Bringing together insights from a range of different specialisms, it urges us to consider a science of nature that includes both physical and non-physical realities and, from this ontological position, draws on philosophy, media, and user experience practice to provide a new account of the technological or virtual world of today. An examination of the manner in which process philosophy may be applied to contemporary digital experience, this volume will appeal to scholars of philosophy, science and technology studies and information systems.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

David Kreps and Jessica Muirhead

2. Technology, Narrative, and Performance in the Social Theatre

Mark Coeckelbergh

3. Not Merely Physical

Malcolm Garrett

4. Event and Mind: An Expanded Bergsonian Perspective

Yasushi Hirai

5. From Darkness to Light: Design to Evoke the Unconscious

Chris Bush And Elizabeth Buie

6. Digital Events and the Ethics of Neuro-ICT

Bernd Stahl

7. Experiencing Reality Alive: Bergson and Whitehead on Engaged Experience

Tina Röck

8. Discussion and Conclusions for the Notion of Infomateriality

David Kreps


About the Editor

David Kreps is a Reader in Philosophy of Information Systems at the University of Salford, UK, and British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. His books include This Changes Everything: ICT and Climate Change – What Can We Do?; Against Nature: The Metaphysics of Information Systems; Technology and Intimacy: Choice or Coercion; Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence; and Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment. He is an active member of the UNESCO affiliated International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and current Chair of IFIP Technical Committee 9 on ICT and Society.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

Books in this series consider social science aspects of science studies. Authors discuss how science is socially situated and mediated, how science and technology are shaped by society and society by science and technology. Books will consider the social impact of new technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General