The Gods and Technology: A Reading of Heidegger

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SUNY Press, Jun 1, 2006 - Religion - 256 pages
The Gods and Technology is a careful and original reading of the principal statement of Martin Heidegger s philosophy of technology, the essay Die Frage nach der Technik ( The question concerning technology ). That essay is a rich one, and Richard Rojcewicz s goal is to mine it for the treasures only a close reading of the original German text can bring out. Rojcewicz shows how the issue of technology is situated at the very heart of Heidegger s philosophical enterprise; especially for the late Heidegger, the philosophy of technology is a philosophy of Being, or of the gods.

For Heidegger, technology is not applied knowledge, but the most basic knowledge, of which science, for example, is an application. The ultimate goal of this study, and, as Rojcewicz writes, of Heidegger s thought, is practical: to find the appropriate response to the challenges of the modern age, to learn to live in a technological world without falling victim to the thrall of technological things.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ancient Technology
15
The socalled efficient cause in Aristotle
19
Abetting causality as a reading of Heidegger
29
Letting active letting letting all the way to the end
32
Producing bringingforth nature
35
Manufacture and contemplation
40
Bringingforth as disconcealment
47
Doom
140
The danger
141
The highest danger
142
The occultation of poiesis
152
That which might save
153
The sense of essence
156
Enduring
160
Bestowal
164

Disclosive looking
54
Technology and truth
55
The Greek concept of techne
57
Ancient technological practice as poiesis
65
Modern Technology
67
The gear and the capacitor
71
Modern technology as an imposition
75
Modern technology as a ravishment
78
Modern technology as a disposing
80
Disposables
83
Gestell the allencompassing imposition
90
The essence of modern technology as nothing technological
107
Science as harbinger
111
Science as mediator
118
Causality modern physics
119
The novelty of modern technology
124
The Danger in Modern Technology
127
Sent destiny history chronology
129
Freedom
131
Hastening
139
The essence as something bestowed
166
Bestowal as what might save
168
The mystery
174
The constellation
178
Transition to the question of art
182
Art
185
Metaphysical aesthetics versus ontological philosophy of art
186
Art as most properly poetry
191
Art and the history of Being
201
Art and technology
202
Questioning
207
Detachment
213
Contemplation Detachment Gelassenheit
214
Openness to the mystery autochthony lasting human works
218
phenomenology improvisation on the piety in art
226
Notes
233
Cited Works of Heidegger
237
Bibliography of Major Secondary Studies Devoted to Heideggers Philosophy of Technology
239
Index
241
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Richard Rojcewicz teaches philosophy at Point Park University. He is the cotranslator (with André Schuwer) of three volumes of Heidegger s Gesamtausgabe: Parmenides (GA 54), Basic Questions of Philosophy (GA 45), and Plato s Sophist (GA 19) and the translator of Phenomenological Interpretations of Aristotle (GA 61). He is also the translator of two volumes of Husserliana, Husserl s collected works: Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy: Second Book (Hua 4; cotranslated with André Schuwer) and Thing and Space: Lectures of 1907 (Hua 16).

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