Finger on the Button: Agency at the Binary Switch
Holtz Center Brown Bag Series
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Jason Puskar (UW-Milwaukee) presents part of his research on the cultural and political history of the pushbutton, a device that scarcely existed before the mid-nineteenth century, but that has proliferated ever since. The talk will focus on the important role the button has played in twentieth-century philosophies of agency, and by extension, on the importance of binary switching to liberal conceptions of individual free will.