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Ernst Jünger’s Philosophy of Technology

Heidegger and the Poetics of the Anthropocene

By Vincent Blok

© 2017 – Routledge

154 pages

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This book examines the work of Ernst Jünger and its effect on the development of Martin Heidegger’s influential philosophy of technology. Vincent Blok offers a unique treatment of Jünger’s philosophy and his conception of the age of technology, in which both world and man appear in terms of their functionality and efficiency. The primary objective of Jünger’s novels and essays is to make the transition from the totally mobilized world of the 20th century toward a world in which a new type of man represents the gestalt of the worker and is responsive to this new age. Blok proceeds to demonstrate Jünger’s influence on Heidegger’s analysis of the technological age in his later work, as well as Heidegger’s conceptions of will, work and gestalt at the beginning of the 1930s. At the same time, Blok evaluates Heidegger’s criticism of Jünger and provides a novel interpretation of the Jünger-Heidegger connection: that Jünger’s work in fact testifies to a transformation of our relationship to language and conceptualizes the future in terms of the Anthropocene. This book, which arrives alongside several new English-language translations of Jünger’s work, will interest scholars of 20th-century continental philosophy, Heidegger, and the history of philosophy of technology.

Reviews

"Blok’s book is a major contribution to the field of phenomenology and continental philosophy. With impeccable scholarship, Blok brings Ernst Jünger’s understanding and critique of technology into the forefront, showing how his insights not only interface with those of Martin Heidegger, but also in certain ways diverge in yielding new avenues to address humanity’s place in a globalized world."Frank Schalow, University of New Orleans, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Age of Technicity and the Gestalt of the Worker

2. Heidegger’s Reception of Jünger: Work, Gestalt and Poetry

3. Language and the Poetics of the Anthropocene

About the Author

Vincent Blok is associate professor in Business Ethics and Philosophy of Management, Technology & Innovation, Wageningen University (The Netherlands). He holds a PhD in philosophy of technology from Leiden University. His work has appeared in Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Philosophy & Technology, Environmental Ethics and other journals. See www.vincentblok.nl for his current research.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI016000
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Modern
PHI018000
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology