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Heidegger's TechnologiesPostphenomenological Perspectives$
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Don Ihde

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233762

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233762.001.0001

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Deromanticizing Heidegger

Deromanticizing Heidegger

(p.74) 3 Deromanticizing Heidegger
Heidegger's Technologies

John D. Caputo

Fordham University Press

This chapter looks into Heidegger's deep romanticism. It argues that this romanticism blinds him to the variety of aspects of technologies that more phenomenologically could have been better discerned. It begins the reflection with two vivid images, both related to that ancient Greek ancestry to which Heidegger turned again and again as a source of thinking, consonant with self-proclaimed origins for Euro–American civilization. Heidegger's analyses of art and technological objects follow similar patterns. One could easily conclude that an art object is, for Heidegger, the primary example of a “good” technology. The chapter introduces two elements to the romantic thesis: embodiment relations and “deep ecology”.

Keywords:   romanticism, Greek ancestry, art object, technological object, good technology, embodiment relations, deep ecology

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