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A Neo-Heideggerian Critique of Technology

Albert Borgmann

in Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism: Lessons from John Dewey

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228416
eISBN:
9780823235544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228416.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter discusses Albert Borgmann's neo-Heideggerian critique of the ways in which contemporary men and women interact with technology. He suggests that a move beyond ... More


Food and Community

Paul B. Thompson

in The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125879
eISBN:
9780813135557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125879.003.0007
Subject:
History, Social History

Food can be a focal thing in Borgmann's sense when it becomes the centering orientation that holds a number of meaning-giving activities together, providing coherence and purpose to our lives. Focal ... More


Technology and the Good Life?

Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong Strong (eds)

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Can we use technology in the pursuit of a good life, or are we doomed to having our lives organized and our priorities set by the demands of machines and systems? How can philosophy help us to make ... More


Living in a Broken World

Dwayne A. Tunstall

in Doing Philosophy Personally: Thinking about Metaphysics, Theism, and Antiblack Racism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251605
eISBN:
9780823252725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251605.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter examines four ways Marcel battles against the dehumanization of human persons in late Western modernity. First, Marcel criticizes the reduction of human persons to their functions in ... More


Introduction

Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This book focuses on a philosophical discussion of technology and what constitutes the good life. The point of access to this discussion is Albert Borgmann's important distinction between “things” ... More


Borgmann's Philosophy of Technology

David Strong and Eric Higgs

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The twofold task of philosophy is to engage philosophy with issues that matter and to involve the public in a philosophical conversation about these matters. For Borgmann, the task of philosophy is ... More


Philosophy of Technology: Retrospective and Prospective Views

Paul T. Durbin

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter takes up the twofold task of philosophy by first reviewing the two decades, 1965–1985, that saw the formation of the philosophy of technology in North America. From an explicit ... More


Focal Things and Focal Practices

Lawrence Haworth

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter examines the relationship between focal practices and focal things. The chapter's meditation on things and practices, with its thoughtfully selected and well-developed examples, appeals ... More


Focaltechnics, Pragmatechnics, and the Reform of Technology

Larry Hickman

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter addresses two related questions: How can we evaluate appropriate and inappropriate technology? And how can we evaluate focal things and practices, for surely many of them are troubling? ... More


Borgmann's Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen: On the Prepolitical Conditions of a Politics of Place

Light Andrew

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter stresses that Borgmann's reform program advocates a set of issues that any political system must address if it is to be effective in a social sphere dominated by technology. It makes a ... More


From Essentialism to Constructivism: Philosophy of Technology at the Crossroads

Andrew Feenberg

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter directly criticizes Borgmann's theory in light of a philosophy of technology. Borgmann contends that devices or hyperreality need to be “counterbalanced,” not eliminated. On this view, ... More


Philosophy in the Service of Things

David Strong

in Technology and the Good Life?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226333861
eISBN:
9780226333885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

On the basis of Borgmann's two works on technology, this chapter tries to step beyond them and characterize Borgmann's philosophy. For Borgmann, philosophy's strengths and limitations can best be ... More


Highway Bridges and Feasts: Heidegger and Borgmann on How to Affirm Technology (1997)

Hubert L. Dreyfus and Charles Spinosa

in Background Practices: Essays on the Understanding of Being

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198796220
eISBN:
9780191837302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198796220.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Borgmann and Heidegger both understand technology as a way of coping with people and things that reveals them. Both thinkers also claim that technological coping could devastate not only our ... More


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