“I am”: Technological Modernity, Theological Tradition, and the Human in Question

in The Indiscrete Image

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226093154
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226093178 | DOI:
“I am”: Technological Modernity, Theological Tradition, and the Human in Question

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This chapter explicates the intimate linkages operative between Heidegger's interpretation of Western metaphysics as an ontotheology of the providential Creator, on the one hand, and, on the other, his critique of technological modernity, whose calculative thinking and productive machinations he believes to close off any genuine creation. It argues that, both in the metaphysical conception of God and in the metaphysics and mass culture of technoscientific modernity, the core of Heidegger's critique concerns a reduction of all “possibility”—which in its ontological form would remain for Heidegger beyond objectification and calculation, management, and control—to the logic of eventual actuality, the delimited possibility for this or that, whose presence might lend itself to the forms of objectification and calculation fundamental to modernity's projects of conceptual and practical management or control.

Keywords: Heidegger; metaphysics; ontotheology; technoscientific modernity; God; modernity

Chapter.  17450 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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