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Heidegger on Technology

1st Edition

Edited by Aaron James Wendland, Christopher Merwin, Christos Hadjioannou


346 pages

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This collection offers the first comprehensive and definitive account of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy of technology. It does so through a detailed analysis of canonical texts and recently published primary sources on two crucial concepts in Heidegger’s later thought: Gelassenheit and Gestell. Gelassenheit, translated as ‘releasement’, and Gestell, often translated as ‘enframing’, stand as opposing ideas in Heidegger’s work whereby the meditative thinking of Gelassenheit counters the dangers of our technological framing of the world in Gestell. After opening with a scholarly overview of Heidegger’s philosophy of technology as a whole, this volume focuses on important Heideggerian critiques of science, technology, and modern industrialized society as well as Heidegger’s belief that transformations in our thought processes enable us to resist the restrictive domain of modern techno-scientific practice. Key themes discussed in this collection include: the history, development, and defining features of modern technology; the relationship between scientific theories and their technological instantiations; the nature of human agency and the essence of education in the age of technology; and the ethical, political, and environmental impact of our current techno-scientific customs. This volume also addresses the connection between Heidegger’s critique of technology and his involvement with the Nazis. Finally, and with contributions from a number of renowned Heidegger scholars, the original essays in this collection will be of great interest to students of Philosophy, Technology Studies, the History of Science, Critical Theory, Environmental Studies, Education, Sociology, and Political Theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Heidegger’s Thinking Through Technology

Christopher Merwin, Aaron James Wendland, and Christos Hadjioannou

1. The Task of Thinking in a Technological Age

Mark A. Wrathall

2. Im-position: Heidegger’s Analysis of the Essence of Modern Technology

Daniel O. Dahlstrom

3. Heidegger’s Critique of Techno-science as a Critique of Husserl’s Reductive Method

Christos Hadjioannou

4. The Challenge of Heidegger’s Approach to Technology: A Phenomenological Reading

Steven Crowell

5. Letting Things Be for Themselves: Gelassenheit as Enabling Thinking

Tobias Keiling

6. The Question Concerning the Machine: Heidegger’s Technology Notebooks in the 1940s-50s

Andrew J. Mitchell

7. Heidegger’s Releasement from the Technological Will

Bret W. Davis

8. Heidegger’s New Beginning: History, Technology, and National Socialism

Aaron James Wendland

9. Technology, Ontotheology, Education

Iain Thomson

10. Heidegger, Habermas, Freedom, and Technology

Julian Young

11. How Pertinent is Heidegger’s Thinking for Deep Ecology?

Michael E. Zimmerman

12. Poetry and the Gods: From Gestell to Gelassenheit

Susanne Claxton

13. Letting Beings Be: An Ecofeminist Reading of Gestell, Gelassenheit, and Sustainability

Patricia Glazebrook

14. Machenshaft and the Audit Society: The Philosophy and Politics of the ‘Accessibility of Everything to Everyone’

Denis McManus

15. Heidegger vs. Kuhn: Does Science Think?

Aaron James Wendland

16. Quantum Theory as Technology

Taylor Carman

17. Naturalizing Gestell?

Rafael Winkler

About the Editors

Aaron James Wendland is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics. He completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Somerville College, Oxford, and he is the co-editor of Wittgenstein and Heidegger (Routledge, 2013).

Christopher Merwin is a Ph.D. candidate at Emory University. He is currently writing his dissertation on Heidegger’s later concept of time.

Christos Hadjioannou is an Associate Tutor at Sussex University, where he recently completed his Ph.D. thesis entitled The Emergence of Mood in Heidegger’s Phenomenology.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology