By Andrew Feenberg
This brief e-book contrasts the philosophies of know-how of Heidegger and Marcuse, one in every of Heidegger's celebrity scholars, and relates their paintings to modern expertise reviews. Feenberg units out the old and theoretical historical past of the talk, then discusses every one philosopher's thought in flip, and ends with a major research of the results for modern know-how reviews. even supposing Heidegger's paintings within the philosophy of expertise is largely mentioned and has already been addressed in a handful of books, Marcuse's paintings has been mostly neglected. This e-book often is the first to seriously interact Marcuse as a thinker of know-how, and as such is certain to make a big influence at the box.
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This double movement—standing forth and going back—characterizes the specific motility of living things. In a modern context it is tempting to consider physis as a kind of mechanical self-making. Biological science considers the organism as a multiplicity of interacting physico-chemical machines, causes. But Heidegger argues that this modern conception is completely un-Greek. From the Greek standpoint, the important point is the form and direction of the process of emergence, not its cause in our sense.
Consummate negativity, once squarely face, delineates the mirror image of its opposite” (Adorno 1974, 247). All this determines the shape of Marcuse’s later critique of technology. He is neither hostile nor indifferent to modern technology but calls for its radical reconstruction. Marcuse remarks that in a liberated society “certain lost qualities of artisan work may well reappear on the new technological base” (Marcuse 1972, 60). And he refers to “The Greek notion of the affinity between art and technics” to illustrate his thesis that technology can be redeemed by the imagination (Marcuse 1964, 238).
The creative power of the craftsman implies a material that can “bear” the transformations imposed on it. ” Bearance is not merely the absence of resistance, but signifies the essential availability of the material for form.