Borgmann on Ontologies
What is the 'reality' as in the world as it is, reflected in the gospels. According to Borgmann it is a 'unity of matter and spirit'. Much of the early part of the lecture was devoted to the nature of miracles, feeding the hungry, healing body and mind. Jesus embraces matter and spirit simultaneously. In the middle ages with the newly available Aristole texts, there was a turn to Greek philosophy. One articulation of this in the real world was the Cathedrals.
So over to Rikk Watts - what was he saying in response
We can have great discussions of ontology but we must be reminded that these are terminated with Jesus - the word made flesh.
In the first question response Borgmann redefined his point saying cyberspace can be useful but it can't be the centre of our lives. To which can only be said Amen - of course it can not be the centre.
However, in the very next question response he says that as technology becomes more complex, the technology becomes more concealed - and thus it produces in us commodification and eyeballing. We are designed to be fully engaged in the world - walking, the sun on our face . We can't engage with the physical world mediated through technology.
The next question provided an opportunity for Prof Borgmann to complain about technology. For example at one point Prof Borgmann responds that technology impoverishes the experience of going to school to good teachers and the bad teachers.
The last question was what is the difference between cyberspace and for example writing and printing. Prof Borgmann responses that the first two led to the preservation of what are now the classics and the second to democracy and Protestant reformation. Has cyberspace helped the culture become more vibrant - NO. There is a decline in the ability to write and listen. BUT BUT BUT the timescales of these events are hugely different - the printing press took centuries to have effects Prof Borgmann attributes to them.
A final word on the Borgmann & Watts blog series
Philosophy sets itself up as the social science that commentate on everybody else but its time to ask are Philosophers really only ones who can ask the RIGHT questions about technology.