Humans, Animals, and Robots: A Phenomenological Approach to Human-Robot Relations

@article{Coeckelbergh2011HumansAA,
  title={Humans, Animals, and Robots: A Phenomenological Approach to Human-Robot Relations},
  author={Mark Coeckelbergh},
  journal={I. J. Social Robotics},
  year={2011},
  volume={3},
  pages={197-204}
}
This paper argues that our understanding of many human-robot relations can be enhanced by comparisons with human-animal relations and by a phenomenological approach which highlights the significance of how robots appear to humans. Some potential gains of this approach are explored by discussing the concept of alterity, diversity and change in human-robot relations, Heidegger’s claim that animals are ‘poor in world’, and the issue of robot-animal relations. These philosophical reflections result… CONTINUE READING
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