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Une histoire de machines, de vampires et de fous

Abstract : This book offers an analysis of our contemporary imagination. Its claim is that the contemporary imagination is structure around an opposition between two figures that of the robot and that of the vampire. This distinguishes our imagination from the classical imagination, as it can be described from Descartes' work. Classical imagination is structured by another opposition, between the figure of the man-machine and that of the madman. It is not simply that the madman have replaced by a vampire. The machines have changed. Classical machines are conceived on the model of the clock and are seen as reproducing the external movements of the human being. The machines of our imagination, in science-fiction for example, are essentially calculating machines which reproduce the thinking of the human being. These two kinds of machine each miss a human function, speech for the classical machine, emotion and desire for the contemporary machine. This function is then incarnated in a complementary figure: the madman in the classical imagination, the vampire in our imagination.
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Pierre Cassou-Noguès. Une histoire de machines, de vampires et de fous. Vrin, 224 p., 2007, Collection Matière étrangère. ⟨halshs-00193510⟩



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