Necessity, entailment, shared agonism

Dominic Smith (Lead / Corresponding author)

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This short paper offers a series of responses to Jochem Zwier and Timothy Barker’s comments on my extended paper ‘Taking Exception: Philosophy of Technology as a Multidimensional Problem Space.’ Part one responds to questions concerning the modality of the renewed understanding of the theme of the transcendental that was argued for in my initial paper: I argue for the deep contingency of such a move, against any sense that it is necessary. Part two takes this consideration of modality further, considering the possibilities that a renewal of the theme of the transcendental stands to offer philosophy of technology today. I argue that the contingency of our contemporary sense of the transcendental can be precisely what makes it valuable. Whereas parts one and two turn on incisive questions posed by Zwier, part three closes by reconsidering the claims for a ‘multidimensional problem space’ offered in my initial paper. In response to an acute insight from Barker, I close by arguing that philosophy of technology’s problem space should be explored in terms of a notion of ‘shared agonism’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1317-1325
Number of pages9
JournalFoundations of Science
Early online date21 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Agonism
  • Contingency
  • Education
  • Necessity
  • Postphenomenology
  • Transcendental

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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