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Anthropotechnics for the Anthropocene

What if we understand the technoscientific world we live in as a result of certain cultivations of the self? How might we turn this understanding into new trainings and techniques of thought, of feeling, intuiting, and acting? Historian John Tresch looks at the history of modern science from the angle of spiritual athleticism, ascetic practices and epistemic virtues, examining the possibility of grappling with the existential conditions of the technosphere in ways that might be considered “wise.”

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John Tresch

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. John Tresch is an associate professor in History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University, UK. His current research focuses on science and technology in the modern world, and the ways in which they have absorbed and informed the concepts, values, and equipment of politics, philosophy, religion and the arts. His first book, The Romantic Machine (University of Chicago 2012), examined the entwinement of romanticism and industrialization in France during the years before the revolution of 1848. His current projects deal with the neuroscience of meditation, cosmograms of modernity, and Edgar Allan Poe’s science.