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I'd Rather be a Sinner than a Cyborg


Tatman, LA, I'd Rather be a Sinner than a Cyborg, The European Journal of Women's Studies, 10, (1) pp. 51-64. ISSN 1350-5068 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1350506803010001796


Upon which Christian theological metaphors and models is Donna Haraway's understanding of 'cyborg' ontologically dependent, and how and why might it matter? This article explores the possibility that Haraway's cyborg is a saviour-figure, made partially in the image of a transcendent God. It suggests that cyborgs do have an origin story, and that their story is inseparably linked to the theological development of Heilsgeschichte, or salvation history, which is itself linked, arguably, to the technological developments of the Industrial Revolution. Taking Haraway at her word, or at least her Christian theological words, reveals a disturbingly indifferent cyborg-God, one perfectly at ease with apocalyptic imagery and feats, but one who does not comprehend that apocalyptic rhetoric was never meant to be taken literally.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy of religion
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Tatman, LA (Dr Lucy Tatman)
ID Code:44368
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2007-05-17
Last Modified:2010-06-18

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