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The Question Concerning Technology, and Other Essays Paperback – January 19, 1982

ISBN-13: 978-0061319693 ISBN-10: 0061319694

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Torchbooks (January 19, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061319694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061319693
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Born in southern Germany, Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is the author of Being and Time. He taught philosophy at the University of Freiburg and the University of Marburg.


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Born in southern Germany, Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) taught philosophy at the University of Freiburg and the University of Marburg. His published works include: Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics (1929); An Introduction to Metaphysics (1935); Discourse on Thinking (1959); On the Way to Language (1959); Poetry, Language, Thought (1971). His best-known work is Being and Time (1927).

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
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The Question Concerning Technology frequently has been criticized as lacking content beneath Heidegger's stormy language. Not true! It may take more than one reading (it took me about 5), but once the meaning of the concept of Enframing really takes a hold of you, it becomes the most powerful and relevant philosophical concept since Nietzsche's will to power. Responding to the challenge of Enframing, man has reduced the world of Being to his own self-referential bubble. Heidegger's words are at times the bleakest that the 20th century has to offer, yet in the second essay "The Turning," he suggests that Enframing's pervasive control of the world also provides a context for true, authentic behavior through the resistance of this powerful force. Authenticity is not a possibility for Heidegger without danger. For the detailed and patient reader, Heidegger provides a compelling description of global technology and its implications, distinguishing between the essence of technology and technological activity as well as the vibrations the essence of technology stirs in the realms of truth and ethics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JD on June 4, 2011
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For anyone interested in the philosophy of science and technology these essays are essential reading. Heidegger's observations are just as relevant today as they were 50 years ago. In addition to the title essay, "The Age of the World Picture" and "Science and Reflection" are both great essays with rich insights.

Yes, Heidegger is difficult. Heidegger is always difficult. But it is worth trudging through.

For those seriously attempting to understand Heidegger's essays this is a very helpful edition; although I do not know German, Levitt really seems to understand both Heidegger and the nuances of the German language. His notes (while not necessarily clearer than Heidegger) help the English speaker get into the nuances lost in translation which is of utmost importance.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike VINE VOICE on March 12, 2012
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The Heideggerians love everything the man has written. I have no doubt they'll feel similar adoration regarding this volume, which contains several essays. I'm somewhat less receptive largely due to the fact his central premise results in a suspension of noncontradiction and, often, reason - and am of the opinion that the Heidegger corpus is glutted with unfinished (e.g. Being and Time most obviously) and often inscrutable works of questionable value (On the Way to Language, and What Is Called Thinking?).

In my estimation, after his quite lucid Introduction to Metaphysics (Nota Bene), and the magnificent Poetry, Language, Thought (Perennial Classics) and immensely readable (though it's tough to say accurate) volumes on Nietzsche, this is one of Heidegger's more interesting books, even if 2(5) essays border on filler. I don't particularly like the translation though, because, while accurate, the translator, Lovitt, seeks to retain too much of Heidegger's excessive neologism at the expense of readable prose and employs a stilted, overly literal translation style. I removed a star for that. I don't think each neologism merits half a page of footnotes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jafrank on March 14, 2012
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Heidegger's writing style demands a slow, extremely careful reading, and even after going over a page a few times, you're never sure if you've really gotten all of it. But he makes these chains of super smart observations that just follow one after the other so quickly that it seems impossible to keep up with some times. There is just so much thought that pivots around the ideas presented in these pieces that it's hard not to be drawn into the often perplexing etymologically derived labyrinth that he originates. The Age of the World Picture and Science and Reflection are the two I found most accessible.
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