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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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Heidegger's Technologies

John D. Caputo

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines Heidegger's essentially metaphysical view of technology and some of the inconsistencies in his use of and interpretation of his own technologies. It first reviews Heidegger's reception and continuation of influence within the philosophy of technology. Some three and a half decades since his death, while there is some evidence that Heidegger is virtually the only still strongly visible philosopher of technology of his generation, there is also evidence that this reputation is fading. It then turns to a postphenomenological analysis concerning Heidegger's blindness to distinctions and multistabilities that may be found in technologies. It uses the example on the pen and the typewriter because it focuses upon Heidegger's own technologies, reveals the weaknesses in his “phenomenology”, and shows his nostalgic taste for older technologies.

Keywords:   multistabilities, metaphysical view, pen, typewriter, phenomenology, older technologies, philosophy of technology

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