The Critique of Technology and the Poetics of “Life”

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

in Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223602
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235254 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Critique of Technology and the             Poetics of “Life”

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One of the principal aims of Martin Heidegger's poetics is to counter the technological attitude toward an objectified nature or earth by offering the poetic as an alternative configuration of human dwelling. This chapter first presents Heidegger's critique of technology in the context of its fundamental rejection of subjectivity and then questions whether the alternative offered by the poetic requires this outright rejection. The main argument is that a radical revision, but not eschewing, of subjectivity can be articulated in light of the idealist-romantic notion of “life” initiated by Immanuel Kant's Critique of Judgment. If people are, as Heidegger argues, to turn to poetic language in the face of a crisis of technology for direction to a new way of thinking, what is to be learned from Friedrich Hölderlin is not the “disqualification” of the subject but its fragility, an alternative to what is for Heidegger its technological will to power.

Keywords: Martin Heidegger; technology; subjectivity; Immanuel Kant; poetic language; Critique of Judgment; power

Chapter.  11564 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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