Situating Heidegger and the Philosophy of Technology
This chapter locates the place of Martin Heidegger among the great philosophers and discusses his relations with his intellectual surroundings. Heidegger is widely hailed as one of the major figures in the foundations of the philosophy of technology. This chapter's discussion centers upon the origins and shapings of contemporary philosophy of technology and Heidegger's role therein. For Heidegger, modern technology is, effectively, industrial technology — machinic, gigantic, mechanical, systemic, and complex. The chapter notes that the most dramatic historical change, centered primarily on the nineteenth century, was the Industrial Revolution. While in the twentieth-century, the chapter glimpses what was occurring between World War I and the entry of America to the European sector of World War II. Heidegger, just at the beginning of his 1950s publication splurge, proclaims the theme of autonomous technology.
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