An everyday account of witnessing.

Turner, Phil (2011) An everyday account of witnessing. AI & Society: Special issue: Witnessed presence, 27 (1). pp. 5-12. ISSN 0951-5666

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This paper presents a discussion of an everyday ontology of witnessing drawing on the writings of Martin Heidegger, cognitive science and presence research. We begin by defining witnessing: to witness we must be present; and that which is witnessed must be available. Witnessing is distinguished from perceiving in that it implies and requires a record (a representation) of what has been perceived. Presence and availability are (relatively) uncontroversial but finding a place for representation, which is a classically dualistic concept, in an ontological account potentially presents difficulties. We address this problem by recognising that being available, ready-to-hand and proximal can also serve to represent the very thing being witnessed.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0951-5666
Additional Information: This paper is part of a special issue on mediated presence for the journal AI & Society. This is a single authored paper and I quite like this paper because I am described as a philosopher in the introduction. The paper brings together cognitive science, philosophy and neuroscience to underline the importance of availability in the experience of presence.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Presence; Martin Heidegger; witnessing; availability; representation;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 302 Social interaction
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Item ID: 5306
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 15:19
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2012 16:01

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