Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
2000 by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Going Australian: Reconfiguring Feminism and Philosophy
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 181–201, May 2000
How to Cite
Sofia, Z. (2000), Container Technologies. Hypatia, 15: 181–201. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2000.tb00322.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
This paper goes beyond critiques of western philosophical notions of space as passive, feminine, and unintelligent by reconfiguring containment as an (inter-)active process. The author draws on work in the history of technology, on a cybernetic epistemology that emphasizes the interdependence of organism and environment, and on intersubjectivist psychoanalytic theories of the maternal provision. A more unexpected ally is found in Heidegger, whose writings on holding and supply are read in ways that contribute to the development of an urgently required philosophy of container technologies.