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Heidegger and the Question Concerning Technology

George Pattison

in Thinking about God in an Age of Technology

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279777
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603464 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199279772.003.0004
 Heidegger and the Question Concerning Technology

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This chapter explores the philosophy of Heidegger, for whom the question of technology was central, and whose views typify a wide range of critical views. Heidegger sees technology as the ultimate outworking of Greek metaphysics, with Nietzsche as its ultimate ideologue. In technology, the world is subject to enframing by the goals of the technological project as the condition of its experienceability. This approach permeates the contemporary university, including the humanities. The poetry of Hölderlin, however, provides Heidegger with another perspective, one in which, in dialogue with the Pre-Socratics, we are invited to thinking as a radical counter-movement to technology.

Keywords: Heidegger; technology; metaphysics; enframing; university; poetry; Hölderlin; pre-Socratics; thinking

Chapter.  14894 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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