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Simon Morgan Wortham and Gary Hall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228140

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228140.001.0001

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Technica Speciosa: Some Notes on the Ambivalence of Technics In Kant and Weber

Technica Speciosa: Some Notes on the Ambivalence of Technics In Kant and Weber

(p.85) Chapter 3 Technica Speciosa: Some Notes on the Ambivalence of Technics In Kant and Weber

Simon Morgan Wortham

Gary Hall

Fordham University Press

The techne-term became a technical term of philosophy after the ancient Greek philosophers, who adopted the word techne from everyday speech. Techne terms first entered the lexicon of “first philosophy” in the extensive introduction to the Critique of Judgment, which Kant carefully prepared and soon discarded in favor of a shorter introduction. He discarded his most complete exposition of the program as a whole to indicate that he was ambivalent about technik, which Samuel Weber suggests should be translated as “technics.” Kant begins the discarded introduction by distinguishing practical reason from technical reasoning; he opens the published version of the introduction by distinguishing “technically practical” from “morally practical.” In the published version, the assimilation of technical imperatives under the misleading rubric of “technically practical” gives the impression that “technics” could not enjoy a degree of independence.

Keywords:   technics, technical reasoning, practical reason, Kant, Samuel Weber, technically practical, morally practical

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