Computer software (operating systems, web browsers, word processors, etc.) structure our daily lives. Comprising both a user interface and the electronic circuits of the machine it is printed to, software represents a hybrid object at the crossroads of materiality and immateriality. But is it, strictly speaking, a “technical object”?
By examining the status of software against the criteria of philosophy of classic techniques, in particular that of Gilbert Simondon, this book lays the groundwork of a philosophical reflection on this subject.
Further, in order to help introduce readers to problematics, lines of code and explanatory schemas have been provided.
1. Simondon’s Philosophy of Technics: A Work Program.
2. Genetic Study of Technology: the Software Program, A Technical Object?
3. Psychosocial Study of Free Software.
Coline Ferrarato is a discussion leader at Savoirs ENS in France. Her research focuses on the notion of immateriality in political philosophy. She is also developing a reflection around pedagogy.
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