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Running head; Heidegger’s comparison on ancient and modern technology 1 Heidegger’s comparison on ancient and modern technology Name Instructor University details Date
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Running head; Heidegger’s comparison on ancient and modern technology 2 Introduction According to Heidegger, technology is not just about the physical, technological objects. He, therefore, details about the essence of technology in contrary to the instrumental definitions of it. Regarding technology, I will, therefore, illustrate the comparison and contrast, Heidegger give about the modern and ancient technology. Drawing my point from Heidegger’s reasoning, I am going to distinguish the essential differences between these two technological types. According to my analysis, Heidegger thinks that the concept of instrumental technology, when analyzing technology, is much misleading and doesn’t recommend it (Blitz 2014, pg64). In contrary, he emphasizes on the technological essence instead. In my view, he details it and compares technological essence with a tree. He reasons that every tree among all other trees cannot be encountered as a tree itself. From my viewpoint, this is very similar to the technological essence, as it cannot be confronted directly as an instance of technology. By this, it is tough to explain the meaning of technology since it is very detailed more than it appears to be. Heidegger attempts to contrast the modern and ancient technology as follows. Ancient versus modern technology When explaining about the ancient technology, Heidegger by and largely refers to Greek, in particular, the pre-Socratic technology. He also includes the medieval technology as part of this definition as well. By explaining the term modern technology, he argues that it refers to the industrial as well as the post-industrial technology. He then points out that the difference between these two techniques arises from the perception of the world. Heidegger views on ancient technology if of that of a man aiming at adapting to the environment around him. He argues that people who lived in these ancient times accepted to
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Running head; Heidegger’s comparison on ancient and modern technology 3 themselves that nature had power over them. He says that the aim of these people was not to
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