Needful Structures: The Dialectics of Action, Technology, and Society in Sartre's Later Philosophy (Edition Panta Rei)
How do humans, their needs, and technology interact in society? Marcel Siegler explores the dialectical relationship between human needs and desires, the demands and requirements of the built world, and the forms of organization that hold both humans and the built world together. He argues that complex societal constellations emerge from the actions individuals perform with the technological means at hand to satisfy their needs and desires in the short and long run. Based on a novel, complementary reading of French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, the study develops a conceptual framework for analyzing the intricate machinations of sociotechnical systems from a perspective on situated human-technology interaction.
About the Author
Marcel Siegler (né Müller) is a philosopher of technology and an alumnus of the research training group KRITIS, Technische Universität Darmstadt, on networked urban infrastructures. His research focuses on the dialectical interrelation between human agency, technology, and society, as well as the transformation of sociotechnical systems.