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Archaic man meets a marvellous automaton: posthumanism, social robots, archetypes

Jones, Raya 2017. Archaic man meets a marvellous automaton: posthumanism, social robots, archetypes. Journal of Analytical Psychology 62 (3) , pp. 338-355.

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Abstract

Posthumanism is associated with critical explorations of how new technologies are rewriting our understanding of what it means to be human, and how they might alter human existence itself. Intersections with analytical psychology vary depending on which technologies are held in focus. Social robotics promises to populate everyday settings with entities that have populated the imagination for millennia. A legend of ‘A Marvellous Automaton’ appears as early as 350 B.C. in a book of Taoist teachings, and is joined by ancient and medieval legends of manmade humanoids coming to life, as well as the familiar robots of modern science fiction. However, while the robotics industry seems to be realising an archetypal fantasy, the technology creates new social realities that generate distinctive issues of potential relevance for the theory and practice of analytical psychology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0021-8774
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 May 2017
Date of Acceptance: 16 January 2017
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 08:58
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/99899

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