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”I See You”: Vulnerabitility and Integrity in Relation to Wide-Eye Surveillance
Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm, Avdelningen för religionsvetenskap och teologi.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-0016-0771
2022 (engelsk)Inngår i: Vulnerability & Integrity, 2022, s. 57-58Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

Smart technologies, political circumstances, economy, and globalization are some of the factors that form a new era of surveillance – a condition Shoshana Zuboff descibes as surveillance capitalism. Some of the most important issues about tomorrow’s society and ethics concern these big arenas. But focus of this paper is not to address such big and complex matters, even though they are a necessary background out of which the limitations will be analyzed. Much of the inspiration for the discussion in this paper is influenced by philosophers, theologians, and scolars of political science, as they understand the practice of (potential) surveillance technologies as a re-mapping of the political as well as the human landscape. I will apply some examples from wide-eye surveillance in relation to vulnerability and integrity - two central sibling-concepts when it comes to interpretations of the human condition. Through this interaction I intend to show different interpretations of the concepts in focus, as well as the practise of surveillance.The content of this paper refers to three points of the call for paper, namely: clarification of the concepts; the impact, and political ethics. The themes are intertwined as the theoretical discussion mirrors the impact and vice versa. However, during the procedural analysis, one overall question will frame the paper, namely: How does vulnerability and integrity contribute to an understanding of what it means to be human in a surveillance society? To reflect on this question I will take my starting point from a conceptual analysis of integrity and vulnerability from a theological and a philosophical interpretation (Buber; Tillich;Butler). Whereas Buber and Tillich, more or less, identify an essence of being, Butler makes no such claim. Despite the theoretical differences between them, all three argue for the importance of vulnerability: as vulnerable we become human beings, facing each others existence. It is, I will argue, from the position as vulnerable one can relate to the understanding of integrity, since to be integer one’s integrity will become visible first when the integrity activates, when one faces a situation when the urge to protect or defend oneself occurs. A person’s integrity will be recognized as, for example, a feeling, a conscience, as an embodied experience or as an opinion.The second part of the paper concerns implications of integrity and vulnerability in relation to what it means to live in a surveilliance society. In this regard especially in relation to vision monitoring, for example the complexity of what CCTV’s and face-scanning may entail in an existential, political and ethical sense. Finally, to be clear, the main issue for the analysis in this paper is not to address surveillance per se, but to apply the concepts of vulnerability and integrity for a deeper understanding of those concepts in relation to the applied discussion.

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2022. s. 57-58
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Surveillance, Vision monitoring, Paul Tillich, Martin Buber, Judith Butler
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Systematisk teologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-2089OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-2089DiVA, id: diva2:1815634
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Societas Ethica, 58th Annual Conference 2022 in Zürich on the 25th–28th August 2022
Tilgjengelig fra: 2023-11-29 Laget: 2023-11-29 Sist oppdatert: 2023-11-29bibliografisk kontrollert

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