Concluding Postphenomenological Postscript

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

Concluding Postphenomenological             Postscript

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This chapter presents a historico-phenomenological analysis of variations of “writing technologies” in order to indicate both the limitations to Heidegger's philosophy of technology and a counterstrategy for technological analysis. It serves as a concluding summary to this series of perspectival critiques. On the one side, it suggests that Heidegger's philosophy of technology — already seen to be highly dated — has only regional or limited relevance, particularly with respect to contemporary technologies. On the other side, it suggests a more phenomenological, or postphenomenological counterstrategy for technology analysis. The discussion looks at the production of writing in practice, noting its forms of embodied activity and its entailment of writing technologies or instruments. The chapter concludes that philosophies of technology need to renew themselves constantly, just as the technologies themselves change.

Keywords: writing technologies; technological analysis; contemporary technologies; writing

Chapter.  5150 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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