Heidegger's Technologies: Postphenomenological Perspectives

September 1, 2010|
Heidegger's Technologies: Postphenomenological Perspectives by Don Ihde
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Heidegger is the only thinker of his generation whose philosophy of technology is still widely read today. In it, he made three basic claims. First, he asserted that the essence of technology is not technological - that technology is not a neutral instrumentality. Second, he claimed that there is a qualitative difference between modern and traditional technologies. Third and most interestingly, he claimed that technology is a metaphysical perspective, a paradigmatic view of the whole of nature. Although Martin Heidegger remains recognized as a founder of the philosophy of technology, in the past sixty years a whole new world of technologies has appeared - bio-, nano-, info-, and imaging. How adequate is Heidegger''s thinking now for understanding today''s technological advances? After an extensive Introduction that places Heidegger within the thinking about technology typical of his time, the author reexamines Heidegger''s positions from multiple perspectives - historical, pragmatic, anti-Romantic, and postphenomenological. His critiques invert Heidegger''s essentialism and phenomenologically analyze Heidegger''s favored and disfavored technologies. In conclusion, he undertakes a concrete analysis of the technologies Heidegger used to produce his writing and discovers heretofore undiscussed and ironic results.
Don Ihde is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, New York, and Director of the Technoscience Research Group there. His recent books include Postphenomenology and Technoscience, Embodied Technics, and Bodies in Technology.
Title:Heidegger's Technologies: Postphenomenological Perspectives
Product dimensions:176 pages, 5.98 X 8.9 X 0.39 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 5.98 X 8.9 X 0.39 in
Published:September 1, 2010
Publisher:Fordham University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780823233779

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