Rock Colloquia Series: Is the Cyborg-Athlete “Just around the Corner?” Or is it “Just Here?” A Tentative Approach to the Debate on the Definition of the Cyborg
Mar 31, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
|Where||Rock Conference Room, 133 Sparks Building|
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Speaker: Javi Lopez-Frias
Abstract: In this paper, I provide an overview of the debate on the definition of the cyborg. In so doing, I identify two sides in the debate: the continuist approach and the exceptionalist approach. The latter regards the cyborg as a fiction being who has never existed, whereas the former conceives of the cyborg as a being that exists in our world. Then, I identify the main proponents of both approaches: first, in the philosophy in general and second, in the philosophy of sport. This overview is the foundational work for addressing the question of whether or not athletes should be regarded as cyborg.