Anthropic Objects and Anthropomorphic Things

Published in Puppetry International.

Please cite as May, S. (2012) ‘Anthropic Objects and Anthropomorphic Things’, Puppetry International Issue 31, Spring/Summer 2012

In this essay, I use research from outside of performance theory, specifically computer science and philosophy, in order to draw out a terminological distinction which I believe is essential to understanding the phenomenon of the animated puppet. Specifically, the difference between an object looking humanlike and an object being humanlike. Crucially, I want to argue that the latter is characterized by what Heidegger calls being-in-the-world.

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