Foundations of Science

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 169–172 | Cite as

Promises of Presence

  • Renée van de Vall


My review of Ike Kamphof’s “Webcams to Save Nature: Online Space as Affective and Ethical Space” focuses on the question how the engagement of the spectator of the described websites is temporally structured and how the discrepancy between the instantaneity of affective response and the duration of moral engagement is solved. I propose to draw on Alexander Nehamas’ philosophy of beauty as an in-between, bringing affect and ethics closer together.


Beauty Moral engagement Temporality 


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  2. Nehamas Alexander (2007) Only a promise of happiness. The place of beauty in a world of art. Princeton University Press, Princeton and OxfordGoogle Scholar
  3. Verbeek, P. P. (2005). What things do: Philosophical reflections on technology, agency, and design (R. P. Crease, Trans.). University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesMaastricht UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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