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Where Are You?: An Ontology of the Cell Phone

Maurizio Ferraris


This book sheds light on the most philosophically interesting of contemporary objects: the cell phone. “Where are you?”—a question asked over cell phones a myriad times each day—is arguably the most philosophical question of our age, given the transformation of presence the cell phone has wrought in contemporary social life and public space. Throughout all public spaces, cell phones are now a ubiquitous prosthesis of what Rene Descartes and Friedrich Hegel once considered the absolute tool: the hand. Their power comes in part from their ability to move about with us—they are like a computer, b ... More

Keywords: cell phones, social life, public space, absolute tool, speaking, mobile phones, writing machines, written traces, human culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256150
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurizio Ferraris, author
University of Turin