Contemporary Philosophy of Technology research group

About us

We maintain that the Frankfurt School critique is limited by its failure to grasp the evolutionary tendency inherent in the technoscientific organization of life. Their account of the technocratic organization of work, satisfaction and desire presents a snap shot of the high point of mechanical production, without expressing the emergent forms of social, psychical and cultural life that are implicit in the industrial manipulation of desire. We believe that the task of philosophy is now that of thinking through the effects of technoscientific capitalism, and in particular, of sketching out the folds and spaces that virtual, aesthetic and informatic technologies open up within the hermetic reproduction of life and desire.

  • This project will involve the following modes of philosophical investigation:
  • The future of philosophy in the epoch technoscience
  • The evolution of the interface between human beings and technological programmes
  • The relationship between biotechnologies and the capitalization of life itself
  • The impact of virtual and informatic programmes on the symbolic order of human culture
  • The evolving relationship between neoliberalism and technological transhumanism
  • Marxist critique in the time of programming industries, flexible labour and proletarianized consumption
  • The future of politics in the sphere of virtual-aesthetic sociability
  • The evolution of ‘technoscience’ as an instrumental paradigm and its effect on the organization of the social, biological and psychical life of human beings
  • Globalization, conflict and the geopolitics of remote controlled warfare
  • Surveillance and the end of private life
  • The medicalisation of human society
  • Cosmesis, immortality and the culture industries

For further information about the research group contact:
Dr Justin Cruickshank, Email
Dr Ross Abbinnett, Email


29th March 2017, 16:00-18:00
Prof. Ursula Huws: Capitalist crisis, technological change and the restructuring of global labour markets

Latest videos:

Ross Abbinnett and Steve Fuller: The Philosophy of Bernard Stiegler: Capitalism, Technology & Spirit

Elio di Muccio: Satisfying curiosity at the end of the state? Britain and technological innovation

James Brackley: Knowledge Production and the Ethical Subject: The Paradox of Objectivity

Dr Justin Cruickshank: What Counts? Audit Culture Interventionism and the Neoliberal University

'The Politics of Stupidity: Reflection and Desire in Stiegler’s Critique of the Information Economy' by Dr Ross Abbinnett

First event organised by the Centre for Contemporary Philosophy of Technology (November 2015) at the University of Birmingham.


To see books by members of the research group, please visit the Contemporary Philosophy of Technology website. 


Academic members:

NameJob titleSchool or DepartmentEmailTelephone
Dr Ross AbbinnettSenior LecturerDepartment of Social Policy, Sociology and (0)121 414 7707
Dr David BaileySenior LecturerDepartment of Political Science and International (0)121 414 2991
Dr Justin CruickshankSenior Lecturer
Director of Departmental Doctoral Research
Department of Social Policy, Sociology and (0)121 414 6063
Dr Emma FosterLecturer in International Politics and GenderDepartment of Political Science and International
Dr Will LeggettSenior Lecturer in SociologyDepartment of Social Policy, Sociology and (0)121 415 8628

PhD doctoral researchers:

MA Students:

For further information about the research group contact:
Dr Justin Cruickshank, Email
Dr Ross Abbinnett, Email

Contemporary Philosophy of Technology research group is part of the School of Social Policy.