Heidegger and the question concerning technology

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Presentation focuses on Heidegger’s analysis of human situation in the world and the human drive to control nature via technological attitude. When thinking about Being, Heidegger turns to existential analysis of Dasein, a specific take on human being who asks the question concerning its own being and the way one exists. Heidegger criticizes both everyday and philosophical language as they fail to provide the necessary grammar for expressing the human situation as far as it is a being. Using terms like being-in-the-world, dealings in the world, ready-to-hand and present-to-hand, as well as facticity, Existenz, fallenness and The They, he talks about being-towards-death as the ultimate possibility for Dasein to fulfil its Eksistenz. The collective human need to manifest control and simultaneously subject oneself to it is expressed in Heidegger’s writings on technology. He describes it as a revealing – to enframe everything as a resource that is always ready to be called upon and engaged in an endless subjugation of nature.Heidegger's take on technology is an especially important  perspective in the case of biomedicine and genetic human enhancement.  Philosophical inquiry into Heidegger's "Being and Time" (1929) and "The Question Concerning Technology" (1954), as well as using practical experience working with medical students over the years and exploring their views on technology.  Medicine can bee seen as a litmus paper for goings-on in society (especially concerning  technology), and so teaching and learning humanities is a way how to educate medical students to become more deliberate in their profession.  Heidegger looks for alternative revealings apart from technology, finding them in arts, poetry and free philosophical thinking that is not tied to immediate utility.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2021
EventRSU Research week 2021: University Teaching and Learning - Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 24 Mar 202126 Mar 2021


ConferenceRSU Research week 2021: University Teaching and Learning
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Field of Science*

  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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