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Anthony Miccoli

Anthony Miccoli is the Director of Philosophy and an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Communication Arts at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado.  He holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Miccoli is a posthumanist and postphenomenologist, and his work focuses primarily on the interface between the human and the topologies the human occupies, as well as the artifacts within them. Dr. Miccoli’s first book, Posthuman Suffering and the Technological Embrace (Lexington 2010) was the culmination of nearly a decade of research that began in the field of literary theory and eventually led him to the then-evolving field of posthumanism and the philosophy of technology.  Posthuman Suffering  contends that posthumanism portrays technology as an “other” to be embraced, and consequently loses sight of the basic realities of the human/technological boundary. Technology becomes a superior model of information processing to which humans aspire. We do not embrace technology to expand and augment our selves, we embrace technology so that it may embrace us. The posthuman view reconceptualizes the human being to be made more compatible with computerized systems or possible artificial intelligences. 

Dr. Miccoli’s most recent work, “Posthuman Topologies: Thinking Through the Hoard,” appears in Design, Mediation, and the Posthuman (2014), part of Lexington Books’ “Postphenomenology and the Philosophy of Technology” series.  “Posthuman Topologies”  continues Dr. Miccoli’s work, maintaining that the process of cognition is contingent upon the physical topologies a consciousness occupies. Each human being literally thinks through the particular material environments he or she inhabits at any given time.  Thus, every object around us becomes an aspect of mindedness.

His current research explores the current state of cybernetic and AI research, specifically through the lens of distributed consciousness theories and new materialism.  For more on Dr. Miccoli’s current work, visit his academic blog, Posthuman Being.

"Mythic Singularities: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and (kind of) Love Transhumanism"  (Jan 26, 2016)

"The Internet of Things and the Great Recalibration"  (Jan 20, 2016)

"Posthuman Desire (Part 2 of 2): The Loneliness of Transcendence"  (Jan 10, 2016)

"Posthuman Desire (Part 1 of 2): Algorithms of Dissatisfaction"  (Jan 9, 2016)

"The Droids We’re Looking For"  (Jan 2, 2016)