Heidegger's Philosophy of Technology

John D. Caputo

in Heidegger's Technologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233762
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235261 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Heidegger's Philosophy of Technology

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This chapter discusses some of Heidegger's main theses concerning technology and examines the strategies that motivate them. The discussion focuses on his 1954 lecture “The Question Concerning Technology” and Being and Time. It isolates what emerged as the principal themes from the lecture and shows how they reflect on Being and Time. It shows how Heidegger's philosophy of technology is directly phenomenological in the sense of exhibiting the existential foundations of the technological enterprise. This type of phenomenology, already apparent in Being and Time, gives a certain priority to what is called the praxical dimension of human existence, and it continues to be a key to the later work on technology. The chapter argues the resultant internal need within the Heideggerian program concerning technology for the emergence of an “aesthetic” as the counterfoil to the limitations of technology as Heidegger sees them.

Keywords: The Question Concerning Technology; Being and Time; technology; aesthetic; phenomenology

Chapter.  11857 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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