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Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the Subject of Poetic
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Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223602

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823223602.001.0001

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The Critique of Technology and the Poetics of “Life”

The Critique of Technology and the Poetics of “Life”

(p.144) 4 The Critique of Technology and the Poetics of “Life”
Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

Fordham University Press

One of the principal aims of Martin Heidegger's poetics is to counter the technological attitude toward an objectified nature or earth by offering the poetic as an alternative configuration of human dwelling. This chapter first presents Heidegger's critique of technology in the context of its fundamental rejection of subjectivity and then questions whether the alternative offered by the poetic requires this outright rejection. The main argument is that a radical revision, but not eschewing, of subjectivity can be articulated in light of the idealist-romantic notion of “life” initiated by Immanuel Kant's Critique of Judgment. If people are, as Heidegger argues, to turn to poetic language in the face of a crisis of technology for direction to a new way of thinking, what is to be learned from Friedrich Hölderlin is not the “disqualification” of the subject but its fragility, an alternative to what is for Heidegger its technological will to power.

Keywords:   Martin Heidegger, technology, subjectivity, Immanuel Kant, poetic language, Critique of Judgment, power

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