Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.description.abstractIn a culture that holds efficiency as an ethos, electronic surveillance has become a prominent feature of today’s society. The encounter with the human individual within such a state is one that reduces him to data; in its attempt to keep track of him within the virtual world that he inhabits, the system constructs a digital profile of the individual and categorises him accordingly. The resultant state, where man is no longer primarily met on a human dimension, is possibly one where objectlessness prevails. The question of who man essentially is, is superseded by that which is solely concerned with what he does. Bringing Heidegger’s critique of technology to an analysis of the rise of electronic surveillance, this paper explores the extent to which the condition of objectlessness can be considered a characteristic of the surveillance society. It seeks to determine the possibility of responsibility in such a scenario by drawing on a parallelism between Levinas’s face of the Other and Blanchot’s space of literature, as the place where transcendence of this perceived objectlessness could occur. This is succeeded by an analysis of the assumed implications underlying the development of the argument, whereby the discussion links back to Heidegger’s philosophy and to the conclusion that objectlessness is not, indeed, to be taken as the defining feature of the surveillance society. Thus, the space for responsibility within today’s society is retained.en_GB
dc.subjectElectronic surveillanceen_GB
dc.subjectHeidegger, Martin, 1889-1976 -- Criticism and interpretationen_GB
dc.titleOvercoming objectlessness in today’s society of surveillanceen_GB
dc.rights.holderThe copyright of this work belongs to the author(s)/publisher. The rights of this work are as defined by the appropriate Copyright Legislation or as modified by any successive legislation. Users may access this work and can make use of the information contained in accordance with the Copyright Legislation provided that the author must be properly acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the prior permission of the copyright holder.en_GB
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Maltaen_GB
dc.publisher.departmentFaculty of Arts. Department of Philosophyen_GB
dc.contributor.creatorBugeja, Yanika
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacArtPhi - 2015

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
  Restricted Access
1.34 MBAdobe PDFView/Open Request a copy

Items in OAR@UM are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.