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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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Concluding Postphenomenological Postscript

Concluding Postphenomenological Postscript

Writing Technologies

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Heidegger's Technologies

John D. Caputo

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a historico-phenomenological analysis of variations of “writing technologies” in order to indicate both the limitations to Heidegger's philosophy of technology and a counterstrategy for technological analysis. It serves as a concluding summary to this series of perspectival critiques. On the one side, it suggests that Heidegger's philosophy of technology — already seen to be highly dated — has only regional or limited relevance, particularly with respect to contemporary technologies. On the other side, it suggests a more phenomenological, or postphenomenological counterstrategy for technology analysis. The discussion looks at the production of writing in practice, noting its forms of embodied activity and its entailment of writing technologies or instruments. The chapter concludes that philosophies of technology need to renew themselves constantly, just as the technologies themselves change.

Keywords:   writing technologies, technological analysis, contemporary technologies, writing

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