Online Ontology: A Phenomenology of Being Online

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2024-05

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Collins, Noah Walker

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In this work it will be shown that network-Being due to the architecture of contemporary computer networks is an inauthentic mode of Being. We take as a jumping off point the work of Martin Heidegger and use ideas from Being and Time to contrast network-Being from Dasein. Certain fundamental features of contemporary computer networks afford only an inauthentic network-Being. By the end of this work we will have established the importance of network-Being and shown how it is an extension of Heidegger's key ideas from Being and Time into the internet era, how network-Being is inauthentic in contemporary computer networks. This work will tackle both the theoretical by looking to Heidegger for help to understand network ontology and the empirical to help understand how information travels and is stored in contemporary networks.

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Philosophy