»Operative Ontologien«: Technikmaterialismus als prima philosophia ?

Author(s): Gehring, Petra


The article responds to Bernhard Siegert’s programmatic text on “operative ontologies,” questions some fundamental preconceptions of Siegert’s “Technikmaterialismus,” and critically deals with his ontological aims as manifested in the theme of the technical medium as “thing.” Not least, the lack of a precise concept of technique is noted that would mediate between media, practice/operation and “thing” (as well as “articulation” and “culture” in the composite term “cultural tech- nique”) in a sufficiently clear manner. Above all, however, the author advocates to abandon the ontological perspective as it is necessary neither for media or technology-oriented micrological analyses nor for “Technikmaterialismus.”

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Gehring, Petra: »Operative Ontologien«: Technikmaterialismus als prima philosophia ?. In: ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Jg. 8 (2017), Nr. 2, S. 143-155. DOI:
 author = {Gehring, Petra},
 title = {»Operative Ontologien«: Technikmaterialismus als prima philosophia ?},
 year = 2017,
 doi = "\url{}",
 volume = 8,
 address = {Hamburg},
 journal = {ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung},
 number = 2,
 pages = {143--155},
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