In the last section of this course, we’ve encountered texts that use discussions of technology to raise philosophical questions about what defines us as human beings. Both Ridley Scott’s film Bladerunner and Philip K. Dick’s original novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? use the metaphor of the android or cyborg to posit multi-faceted questions about the nature of human experience. Furthermore, Donna Haraway’s challenging “Cyborg Manifesto” also uses the extended metaphor of the cyborg to draw our attention to certain assumptions about human exceptionalism in the natural world.
Think about the ecological, philosophical, feminist and ethical questions raised in these three texts. Using evidence from at least one, but potentially each of these texts, analyze how the concept of the cyborg challenges us to think critically about our human-centric worldviews.