From the Question concerning technology to the Quest for a democratic technology: Heidegger, Marcuse, Feenberg
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Inquiry 43 (2):203 – 215 (2000)
Andrew Feenberg?s most recent contribution to the critical theory of technology, Questioning Technology , is best understood as a synthesis and extension of the critiques of technology developed by Heidegger and Marcuse. By thus situating Feenberg?s endeavor to articulate and preserve a meaningful sense of agency in our increasingly technologized lifeworld, I show that some of the deepest tensions in Heidegger and Marcuse?s relation re-emerge within Feenberg?s own critical theory. Most significant here is the fact that Feenberg, following Marcuse, exaggerates Heidegger?s ?fatalism? about technology. I contend that this mistake stems from Feenberg?s false ascription of a technological ?essentialismfito Heidegger. Correcting this and several related problems, I reconstruct Feenberg?s ?radical democraticEfficacyll for a counter-hegemonic democratization of technological design, arguing that although this timely and important project takes its inspiration from Marcuse, in the end Feenberg remains closer to Heidegger than his Marcuseanism allows him to acknowledge.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Dana S. Belu (2005). Thinking Technology, Thinking Nature. Inquiry 48 (6):572 – 591.
Similar books and articles
Andrew Feenberg (1996). Marcuse or Habermas: Two Critiques of Technology. Inquiry 39 (1):45 – 70.
Jeff Kochan (2006). Feenberg and STS: Counter-Reflections on Bridging the Gap. [REVIEW] Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 37 (4):702-720.
Andrew Feenberg (2004). Heidegger and Marcuse : The Catastrophe and Redemption of Technology. In John Abromeit & W. Mark Cobb (eds.), Herbert Marcuse: A Critical Reader. Routledge.
Andrew Feenberg (2005). Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of History. Routledge.
Laureano Ralon, Interview with Andrew Feenberg. Figure/Ground Communication's Scholarly Interview Series.
Daniel Dahlstrom (2006). Comments on Andrew Feenberg's Heidegger and Marcuse. Techné 9 (3):52-61.
Douglas Kellner, Review-Article on Andrew Feenberg, Questioning Technology. New York and London, Routledge, 1999.
Andrew Feenberg (2000). The Ontic and the Ontological in Heidegger's Philosophy of Technology: Response to Thomson. Inquiry 43 (4):445 – 450.
David J. Stump (2000). Socially Constructed Technology. Inquiry 43 (2):217 – 224.
Iain Thomson (2000). What's Wrong with Being a Technological Essentialist? A Response to Feenberg. Inquiry 43 (4):429 – 444.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads56 ( #26,985 of 1,098,129 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #56,973 of 1,098,129 )
How can I increase my downloads?