Gods and Technology, The
A Reading of Heidegger
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright
This is a lengthy study attempting to reopen and take a fresh look at a brief text in which Martin Heidegger projected a philosophy of technology. What is offered here is a careful and sympathetic reading of that text in its own terms. I do situate Heidegger’s philosophy of technology within his overall philosophical enterprise, and I follow to their end certain ...
The original turn in the history of philosophy, from pre-Socratic thought to the philosophy of Socrates and of all later Western thinkers, can be understood as a turn from piety to idolatry. In a certain sense, then, Cicero was correct to characterize this turn as one that “called philosophy down from the heavens and relegated it to the cities of men ...
Part I. Ancient Technology
It is especially significant, in Heidegger’s eyes, that the epoch of ancient technology coincides with the time of the theory of the four causes. Indeed, for Heidegger, the distinctive outlook of ancient technology found its most explicit expression in that theory. Where causality is understood as it is in the theory of the four causes, there ancient technology ...
Part II. Modern Technology
Heidegger begins his characterization of modern technology in “Die Frage nach der Technik” by speaking of the “essential domain” of technology. He does not say explicitly what the term “essential domain” (der Wesensbereich) means, but it is readily intelligible. Technology has been determined in its essence as a disclosive looking. Presumably, then, the ...
Part III. The Danger in Modern Technology
The general rubric under which Heidegger presents his essay on technology is that of a questioning, an asking. Yet the sense of the questioning— and of the possible answering—is by no means unproblematic. What sort of questioning is taking place in this essay, and what kind of answer is being sought? ...
Part IV. Art
Recall the setting for Heidegger’s lecture on technology. The occasion was a colloquium devoted to the topic of “The arts in the technological age.” The colloquium was sponsored by an institution dedicated to art, namely, the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, but it took place at a citadel of technology, a sort of German MIT, the Munich Institute of ...
Part V. Detachment
Let us now respectfully detach ourselves from “Die Frage nach der Technik.” That is, let us attempt to move beyond the essay, specifically by way of a sympathetic response to it. The essay is open-ended; it issues in an invitation and needs to be carried on. What it leaves open, basically, is practice. The essay is theoretical, it provides a diagnosis, but it leaves ...
Cited Works of Heidegger
The following list includes only those works of Heidegger cited in the present study. Comprehensive bibliographies of Heidegger’s writings are readily available. Posted on the Web at http://www.umr8547.ens.fr/ Documents/HeidBiblio.html is an admirably exhaustive chronological bibliography. I cite Heidegger by the page number of the German text, according ...
Bibliography of Major Secondary Studies Devoted to Heidegger's Philosophy of Technology
Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2006
Series Title: SUNY series in Theology and Continental Thought
Series Editor Byline: Douglas L. Donkel See more Books in this Series
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