Potential and Actual Changes of Social Activity and of the Concept of Embodiment in the Age of Digitalization
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract in English only.
Professor Hans-Martin Sass highlights an important aspect of the COVID-19 situation: the virus not only hurts people, but also attacks political and corporate bodies. He argues primarily on the level of basic ontology, revolving around two claims: first, that life is interconnected, and second, that long-lasting political and corporate bodies, despite their similarities to natural organisms, are more receptive to transformation and modification. In my comments, I further explore the implications of the second claim against the background of COVID-19. I focus on the concept of embodiment and show that the way embodiment figures in our interactions with others and in our experience of the world changes as more and more online social activities are organized. Most importantly, I reflect on the very meaning of embodiment in the age of high biotechnology and artificial intelligence, namely how the concept might be enlarged and/or transformed.
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