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Heidegger's Technologies <i>One Size Fits All</i>

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823233762.003.0006

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Heidegger's Technologies One Size               Fits All

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This chapter examines Heidegger's essentially metaphysical view of technology and some of the inconsistencies in his use of and interpretation of his own technologies. It first reviews Heidegger's reception and continuation of influence within the philosophy of technology. Some three and a half decades since his death, while there is some evidence that Heidegger is virtually the only still strongly visible philosopher of technology of his generation, there is also evidence that this reputation is fading. It then turns to a postphenomenological analysis concerning Heidegger's blindness to distinctions and multistabilities that may be found in technologies. It uses the example on the pen and the typewriter because it focuses upon Heidegger's own technologies, reveals the weaknesses in his “phenomenology”, and shows his nostalgic taste for older technologies.

Keywords: multistabilities; metaphysical view; pen; typewriter; phenomenology; older technologies; philosophy of technology

Chapter.  6043 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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