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  1. An Indication of Being – Reflections on Heidegger’s Engagement with Ernst Jünger.Vincent Blok - 2011 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 42 (2):194-208.
    In the thirties, Martin Heidegger was heavily involved with the work of Ernst Jünger (1895-1998). He says that he is indebted to Jünger for the ‘enduring stimulus’ provided by his descriptions. The question is: what exactly could this enduring stimulus be? Several interpreters have examined this question, but the recent publication of lectures and annotations of the thirties allow us to follow Heidegger’s confrontation with Jünger more precisely. -/- According to Heidegger, the main theme of his philosophical thinking in the (...)
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    Ecological Innovation: Biomimicry as a New Way of Thinking and Acting Ecologically.Vincent Blok & Bart Gremmen - 2016 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 29 (2):203-217.
    In this article, we critically reflect on the concept of biomimicry. On the basis of an analysis of the concept of biomimicry in the literature and its philosophical origin, we distinguish between a strong and a weaker concept of biomimicry. The strength of the strong concept of biomimicry is that nature is seen as a measure by which to judge the ethical rightness of our technological innovations, but its weakness is found in questionable presuppositions. These presuppositions are addressed by the (...)
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  3. "Massive Voluntarism" or Heidegger's Confrontation with the Will.Vincent Blok - 2013 - Studie Phaenomenologica 13 (1):449-465.
    One of the controversial issues in the development of Heidegger’s thought is the problem of the will. Th e communis opinio is that Heidegger embraced the concept of the will in a non-critical manner at the beginning of the thirties and , in particular, he employed it in his political speeches of 1933–1934. Jacques Derrida for instance speaks about a “massive voluntarism” in relation to Heidegger’s thought in this period. Also Brett Davis discerns a period of “existential voluntarism” in 1930–1934, (...)
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  4. 'Massive Voluntarism' or Heidegger's Confrontation with the Will.Vincent Blok - 2013 - Studie Phaenomenologica 13 (1):449-465.
    One of the controversial issues in the development of Heidegger’s thought is the problem of the will. Th e communis opinio is that Heidegger embraced the concept of the will in a non-critical manner at the beginning of the thirties and , in particular, he employed it in his political speeches of 1933–1934. Jacques Derrida for instance speaks about a “massive voluntarism” in relation to Heidegger’s thought in this period. Also Brett Davis discerns a period of “existential voluntarism” in 1930–1934, (...)
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    Reconnecting with Nature in the Age of Technology.Vincent Blok - 2014 - Environmental Philosophy 11 (2):307-332.
    The relation between Martin Heidegger and radical environmentalism has been subject of discussion for several years now. On the one hand, Heidegger is portrayed as a forerunner of the deep ecology movement, providing an alternative for the technological age we live in. On the other, commentators contend that the basic thrust of Heidegger’s thought cannot be found in such an ecological ethos. In this article, this debate is revisited in order to answer the question whether it is possible to conceive (...)
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    Biomimicry and the Materiality of Ecological Technology and Innovation.Vincent Blok - 2016 - Environmental Philosophy 13 (2):195-214.
    In this paper, we reflect on the concept of nature that is presupposed in biomimetic approaches to technology and innovation. Because current practices of biomimicry presuppose a technological model of nature, it is questionable whether its claim of being a more ecosystem friendly approach to technology and innovation is justified. In order to maintain the potentiality of biomimicry as ecological innovation, we explore an alternative to this technological model of nature. To this end, we reflect on the materiality of natural (...)
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    The Ideal of a Zero-Waste Humanity: Philosophical Reflections on the Demand for a Bio-Based Economy.Jochem Zwier, Vincent Blok, Pieter Lemmens & Robert-Jan Geerts - 2015 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (2):353-374.
    In this paper we inquire into the fundamental assumptions that underpin the ideal of the Bio-Based Economy as it is currently developed . By interpreting the BBE from the philosophical perspective on economy developed by Georges Bataille, we demonstrate how the BBE is fully premised on a thinking of scarcity. As a result, the BBE exclusively frames economic problems in terms of efficient production, endeavoring to exclude a thinking of abundance and wastefulness. Our hypothesis is that this not only entails (...)
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  8. Der „Religiöse“ Charakter von Heideggers Philosophischer Methode.Vincent Blok - 2011 - Studia Phaenomenologica 11 (1):285-307.
    The question addressed in this article is to what extent a destructed concept of religion can be said to characterize the philosophical method of Martin Heidegger. In order to approach this question, we first characterize his method as “Vollzug der Fraglichkeit”: philosophy in its deepest sense does not mean to give answers to questions but to ask questions. According to Heidegger, the execution of questioning consists in the “transforming repetition” of the leading question (Leitfrage) of philosophy in order to ask (...)
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    Biomimicry and the Materiality of Ecological Technology and Innovation in Advance.Vincent Blok - forthcoming - Environmental Philosophy.
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    The Emerging Concept of Responsible Innovation. Three Reasons Why It Is Questionable and Calls for a Radical Transformation of the Concept of Innovation.V. Blok & P. Lemmens - unknown
    In this chapter, we challenge the presupposed concept of innovation in the responsible innovation literature. As a first step, we raise several questions with regard to the possibility of ‘responsible’ innovation and point at several difficulties which undermine the supposedly responsible character of innovation processes, based on an analysis of the input, throughput and output of innovation processes. It becomes clear that the practical applicability of the concept of responsible innovation is highly problematic and that a more thorough inquiry of (...)
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    The Human Glance, the Experience of Environmental Distress and the “Affordance” of Nature: Toward a Phenomenology of the Ecological Crisis.Vincent Blok - 2015 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (5):925-938.
    The problem we face today is that there is a huge gap between our ethical judgments about the ecological crisis on the one hand and our ethical behavior according to these judgments on the other. In this article, we ask to what extent a phenomenology of the ecological crisis enables us to bridge this gap and display more ethical or pro-environmental behavior. To answer this question, our point of departure is the affordance theory of the American psychologist and founding father (...)
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    The Power of Speech Acts: Reflections on a Performative Concept of Ethical Oaths in Economics and Business.Vincent Blok - 2013 - Review of Social Economy 71 (2):187-208.
    Ethical oaths for bankers, economists and managers are increasingly seen as successful instruments to ensure more responsible behaviour. In this article, we reflect on the nature of ethical oaths. Based on John Austin's speech act theory and the work of Emmanuel Levinas, we introduce a performative concept of ethical oaths that is characterised by (1) the existential self-performative of the one I want to be, which is (2) demanded by the public context. Because ethical oaths are (3) structurally threatened by (...)
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  13. Heidegger und der Nationalsozialismus oder die Frage nach dem philosophischen Empirismus.Vincent Blok - 2010 - Studia Phaenomenologica 10:273-292.
    This contribution discusses the philosophical meaning of Martin Heidegger’s Rectoral address. Firstly, Heidegger’s philosophical basic experience (Grunderfahrung) is sketched as providing the background of his Rectoral address: the being-historical concept of beginning (Anfang). Next, the philosophical question of the Rectoral address is discussed. It is shown that Die Selbstbehauptung der deutschen Universität is inquiring into the identity of human being (Dasein) in connection with the question about das Eigene (the Germans) and das Fremde (the Greeks). This opposition structures the confrontation (...)
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    Being-in-the-World as Being-in-Nature: An Ecological Perspective on Being and Time.Vincent Blok - 2014 - Studia Phaenomenologica 14:215-235.
    Because the status of nature is ambiguous in Being and Time, we explore an ecological perspective on Heidegger’s early main work in this article. Our hypothesis is that the affordance theory of James Gibson enables us to a) to understand being-in-the-world as being-in-nature, b) reconnect man and nature and c) understand the twofold sense of nature in Being and Time. After exploring Heidegger’s concept of being-in-the-world and Gibson’s concept of being-in-nature, we confront Heidegger’s and Gibson’s conception of being-in-the-world and being-in-nature. (...)
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    Heidegger's Ontology of Work.Vincent Blok - 2015 - Heidegger Studies 31:109-128.
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    Establishing the Truth.Vincent Blok - 2011 - Heidegger Studies 27:101-118.
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    Ecological Innovation.Vincent Blok & Bart Gremmen - unknown
    In this article, we critically reflect on the concept of biomimicry. On the basis of an analysis of the concept of biomimicry in the literature and its philosophical origin, we distinguish between a strong and a weaker concept of biomimicry. The strength of the strong concept of biomimicry is that nature is seen as a measure by which to judge the ethical rightness of our technological innovations, but its weakness is found in questionable presuppositions. These presuppositions are addressed by the (...)
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    Dealing with the Wicked Problem of Sustainability: The Role of Individual Virtuous Competence.V. Blok, H. G. J. Gremmen & R. Wesselink - unknown
    Over the past few years, individual competencies for sustainability have received a lot of attention in the educational, sustainability and business administration literature. In this article, we explore the meaning of two rather new and unfamiliar moral competencies in the field of corporate sustainability: normative competence and action competence. Because sustainability can be seen as a highly complex or ‘wicked’ problem, it is unclear what ‘normativity’ in the normative competence and ‘responsible action’ in the action competence actually mean. In this (...)
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    Phenomenology and the Empirical Turn: A Phenomenological Analysis of Postphenomenology.Jochem Zwier, Vincent Blok & Pieter Lemmens - 2016 - Philosophy and Technology 29 (4):313-333.
    This paper provides a phenomenological analysis of postphenomenological philosophy of technology. While acknowledging that the results of its analyses are to be recognized as original, insightful, and valuable, we will argue that in its execution of the empirical turn, postphenomenology forfeits a phenomenological dimension of questioning. By contrasting the postphenomenological method with Heidegger’s understanding of phenomenology as developed in his early Freiburg lectures and in Being and Time, we will show how the postphenomenological method must be understood as mediation theory, (...)
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  20. Nietzsche Als Einde En Als Overgang. Heideggers Confrontatie Met Nietzsche in de Dertiger Jaren.Vincent Blok - 2008 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 70 (4):763.
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    Dealing with the Wicked Problem of Sustainability in Advance.Vincent Blok, Bart Gremmen & Renate Wesselink - forthcoming - Business and Professional Ethics Journal.
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    Moral “Lock-In” in Responsible Innovation: The Ethical and Social Aspects of Killing Day-Old Chicks and Its Alternatives.M. R. N. Bruijnis, V. Blok, E. N. Stassen & H. G. J. Gremmen - 2015 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (5):939-960.
    The aim of this paper is to provide a conceptual framework that will help in understanding and evaluating, along social and ethical lines, the issue of killing day-old male chicks and two alternative directions of responsible innovations to solve this issue. The following research questions are addressed: Why is the killing of day-old chicks morally problematic? Are the proposed alternatives morally sound? To what extent do the alternatives lead to responsible innovation? The conceptual framework demonstrates clearly that there is a (...)
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    Communication or Confrontation – Heidegger and Philosophical Method.Vincent Blok - 2009 - Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 1 (1):43-57.
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    Naming Being – or the Philosophical Content of Heidegger’s National Socialism.Vincent Blok - 2012 - Heidegger Studies 28:101-122.
    This contribution discusses the philosophical meaning of the Martin Heidegger’s Rectoral address. First of all, Heidegger’s philosophical basic experience is sketched as the background of his Rectoral address; the being-historical concept of “Anfang”. Then, the philosophical question of the Rectoral address is discussed. It is shown, that Die Selbstbehauptung der deutschen Universität is asking for the identity of human being there (Dasein) in connection with the question about dem Eigenen (the Germans) and dem Fremden (the Greeks). This opposition structuralizes the (...)
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    Der „religiöse“ Charakter von Heideggers philosophischer Methode: relegere, re-eligere, relinquere.Vincent Blok - 2011 - Studia Phaenomenologica 11:285-307.
    The question addressed in this article is to what extent a destructed concept of religion can be said to characterize the philosophical method of Martin Heidegger. In order to approach this question, we first characterize his method as “Vollzug der Fraglichkeit”: philosophy in its deepest sense does not mean to give answers to questions but to ask questions. According to Heidegger, the execution of questioning consists in the “transforming repetition” of the leading question of philosophy in order to ask the (...)
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    Recensies - Renæ© ten Bos & Mollie Painter-Morland . Bedrijfsethiek. Filosofische Perspectieven. Amsterdam: Boom, 236 Pp., 32,50 €. [REVIEW]Vincent Blok & Andries De Smet - 2014 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 106 (1):94-97.
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    The Ethics of Ecological Innovation. Biomimicry and Biomimesis as a New Way of Thinking and Acting Ecologically.V. Blok, B. Gremmen & S. Hout - unknown
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    Individual Competencies for Corporate Social Responsibility: A Literature and Practice Perspective.E. R. Osagie, R. Wesselink, V. Blok, T. Lans & M. Mulder - forthcoming - Journal of Business Ethics.
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    Media Processes.Johan Siebers, Tino Meitz, Bart Vandenabeele, Vincenzo Romania & Vincent Blok - 2013 - Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 3.
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    Rebel Op Rood Pluche: Senator Q En iD21.Vlaams Blok - forthcoming - Idee.
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    “Massive Voluntarism” or Heidegger's Confrontation with the Will.Vincent Blok - 2013 - Studia Phaenomenologica 13:449-465.
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    Interpersonal Communication.Johan Siebers, Tino Meitz, Bart Vandenabeele, Vincenzo Romania, Vivienne Boon & Vincent Blok - 2012 - Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 3 (1).
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    Heidegger and Derrida on the Nature of Questioning: Towards the Rehabilitation of Questioning in Contemporary Philosophy.Vincent Blok - 2015 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 46 (4):307-322.
    In this article, the Heidegger and Derrida controversy about the nature of questioning is revisited in order to rehabilitate questioning as an essential characteristic of contemporary philosophy. After exploring Heidegger's characterization of philosophy as questioning and Derrida's criticism of the primacy of questioning, we will evaluate Derrida's criticism and articulate three characteristics of Heidegger's concept of questioning. After our exploration of Heidegger's concept of questioning, we critically evaluate Heidegger's later rejection of questioning. With this, we not only contribute to the (...)
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    Towards the Rehabilitation of the Will in Contemporary Philosophy.Vincent Blok - 2013 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 44 (3):286-301.
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    Responsible Innovation? Towards a Critique of the Concept of Innovation.V. Blok, H. Belt & P. C. Lemmens - unknown
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    Literature as Communication.Johan Siebers, Tino Meitz, Bart Vandenabeele, Vincenzo Romania, Vivienne Boon & Vincent Blok - 2012 - Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 2.
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    The Metaphysics of Collaboration: Identity, Unity and Difference in Cross-Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Development.Vincent Blok - 2014 - Philosophy of Management 13 (2):53-74.
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    Parasitism Genes and Host Range Disparities in Biotrophic Nematodes: The Conundrum of Polyphagy Versus Specialisation.Vivian C. Blok, John T. Jones, Mark S. Phillips & David L. Trudgill - 2008 - Bioessays 30 (3):249-259.
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    An Ethical Analysis of the Biomimetic Approach to the Bio-Based Economy.B. Gremmen, V. Blok & S. Hout - unknown
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    Questioning the Bio-Based Economy. Philosophical Reflections on the Assumptions of a Dominant Policy Narrative.P. C. Lemmens, V. Blok, H. Belt & B. Gremmen - unknown
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  41. De Andere Anfang van de Filosofie. Kritische Kanttekeningen Bij Heideggers Filosofische Methode.Vincent Blok - 2010 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 102 (4).
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  42. Die bändigung Des elementaren: Der Wille zur macht AlS Kunst in Ernst jüngers »der arbeiter«.Vincent Blok - 2008 - Existentia 18 (1-2):83-98.
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  43. Ernst Jünger’s Philosophy of Technology: Heidegger and the Poetics of the Anthropocene.Vincent Blok - 2017 - Routledge.
    This book examines the work of Ernst Jünger and its effect on the development of Martin Heidegger’s influential philosophy of technology. Vincent Blok offers a unique treatment of Jünger’s philosophy and his conception of the age of technology, in which both world and man appear in terms of their functionality and efficiency. The primary objective of Jünger’s novels and essays is to make the transition from the totally mobilized world of the 20 th century toward a world in which a (...)
     
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  44. Earthing Technology in Advance.Vincent Blok - forthcoming - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology.
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  45. Establishing the Truth: Heidegger's Reflections on Gestalt.Vincent Blok - 2011 - Heidegger Studies 27:101-118.
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  46. Heidegger and National Socialism or the Question of Philosophical Empiricism.Vincent Blok - 2010 - Studia Phaenomenologica 10:273-292.
     
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  47. Heidegger Und Der Nationalsozialismus Oder Die Frage Nach Dem Philosophischen Empirismus.Vincent Blok - 2009 - Existentia 19 (1-2):51-72.
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  48. Kontroversen über die sprache.: Die einseitigkeit Von heideggers auseinandersetzung mit Ernst jünger.Vincent Blok - 2007 - Existentia 17 (1-2):19-30.
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  49. “Massive Voluntarism” or Heidegger’s Confrontation with the Will.Vincent Blok - 2013 - Studia Phaenomenologica 13:449-465.
    One of the controversial issues in the development of Heidegger’s thought is the problem of the will. The communis opinio is that Heidegger embraced the concept of the will in a non-critical manner at the beginning of the thirties and, in particular, he employed it in his political speeches of 1933–1934. Jacques Derrida for instance speaks about a “massive voluntarism” in relation to Heidegger’s thought in this period. Also Brett Davis discerns a period of “existential voluntarism” in 1930–1934, in which (...)
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  50. Nietzsche as End and Transition-Heidegger's Confrontation with Nietzsche in the Thirties.Vincent Blok - 2008 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 70 (4):763-786.
     
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