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The Homeotechnological Turn: Sloterdijk's Response to the Ecological Crisis

Sanne van der Hout

Environmental Values 23 (2014): 423-442. doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900182030


In this paper I critically reflect on the sustainability potential of biomimetic technologies by focusing on writings of the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk. Although I agree with Sloterdijk that biomimetic technologies - or, as he calls them, 'homeotechnologies' - offer specific opportunities for a more peaceful co-existence of humans and nature, I will argue that his reflections are based on a series of problematic assumptions. I will conclude by arguing that the 'homeotechnological turn' can be effected only if it is developed within the context of a different ecological ethos from the technocentric ethos that currently dominates our attitude towards nature.


Biomimicry, homeotechnology, sustainability, technoscience, Sloterdijk, ecotechnology, technology, ecological crisis

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