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ENGL 246 Lecture 4: May 12-lesabendio

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ENGL 246
Mark Rozahegy

May 12, 2016 Lesabendio Essence of technology Essence: what is it really? What is the reality of technology? What is essential? If you would take out the essential, it would not be technology, it is what holds technology together Can we have a free relationship with technology if we do not know what it really is? Heidegger argues our relationship with technology is not free It is not free, but we can negotiate There is subordination and passivity, there is no real choice Chapter 4: Frankenstein What is technology? o We cant look at what is technologicalindividual pieces of technology to understand this o He considers if it is an instrumentmeans to an endserve this purpose o An instrument is a cause of an effect o We often think of technology in this sense o We think technology must relate to techn and thus cause and effect o From the greeks, Heidegger brings up idea of bringing forth and artnature o If technology is just an instrument, then man has always been technological, since a stone and an atomic bomb is all an instrument, but Heidegger thinks that is not true o We were not always technological, there was no technology in ancient Greece o Our ability to command nature makes us technological Victor goes from alchemist (philosophy association) to being a scientist o The transformation happens in chapter 3 o We are now able to challenge and command nature to do things Techn is what we used to do, but it is very different from what we do now
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