Heidegger is now widely recognized as one of the most influential and controversial philosophers of the twentieth century, yet much of his later philosophy. Cambridge University Press X – Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education Iain D. Thomson Excerpt More information. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education | Heidegger is now widely recognized as one of the .

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Technology and the Politics of Education.

Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education by Iain Thomson

In any case, he contends that by Heidegger comes to see that “there was no substantive fundamental ontology waiting beneath history to be recovered” Katherine Withy – – Southern Journal of Philosophy 51 2: What Feenberg finds objectionable in Heidegger’s thinking on technology is its supposed ahistoricism reified abstraction from concrete social, historical contextsubstantivism a fetishistic fatalismand one-dimensionalism a monolithic conception.

Maintaining that Heidegger subsequently abandoned that project, Thomson infers that he learned from this mistake, as pursuit of “fundamental ontology” gives way to historical analysis of the ways in which “ontotheologies … mediate between a basic ontological ‘presencing’ and the guiding ontological presuppositions of the positive sciences” Cambridge University Press Moreover, the primordial historicality of Techno,ogy affirmed in Tecchnology and Time seems plainly at odds with the pretensions of transhistoricality that Thomson attributes to fundamental ontology Thomson Excerpt More information Introduction 3 well to skip ahead to Chapter 2 or 3, circling back once the stakes become clear.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Phillip marked it as to-read Oct 24, In an attempt to understand both the connection of Heidegger’s philosophy to his championing of Hitler’s party and the lessons, if any, that he learned from this “political mistake” as he called itThomson turns to Heidegger’s vision of the university, early and late.

Account Options Sign in. The End of Onto-Theology: An elegant analysis of an oft-neglected subject. Jeff Gianattasio rated it really liked it Jun 04, But it was a well-developed argument, pllitics least, and it engages with educqtion of the rougher edges of the Heidegger legacy without flinching.


As a prelude to vindicating Heidegger from these objections, Thomson notes Heidegger’s insistence on a verbal non-Platonic sense poliitics ‘essence,’ respectively articulated historically by ontotheologies and, in the present, by the increasingly hegemonous and dangerous Nietzschean understanding of being as “an unending disaggregation and reaggregation of forces without any purpose or goal beyond the self-perpetuating augmentation of these forces through their continual self-overcoming” I don’t necessarily disagree with the assertion that universities have moved a little too far to treating every subject and course as a stepping stone to a vocational position.

Eric Dowdle marked it as to-read Sep 16, At the same time, it circumscribes [umgrenzt] the range of possibilities for answering it.

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Onhotheology, The Bounds of Sense, While his suggestion that we should consider the worth of such a reevaluation stripped of certain fatal commitments in the face of contemporary crises in education crises the existence of which no one disputes is evocative, Thomson leaves the nature of this consideration largely up to the reader, save for some pleasant but empty hints about ye olde Zu-kunft.

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However, given the tradition of the Aristotelian problem, if it is true in some sense that Heidegger “clarified only slowly” his own understanding of ontotheology 13n. History of Western Philosophy.

That being said, rarely is it elucidated as precisely and depicted in such detail as here. Science Logic and Mathematics.

He contends that this educatjon mix eventually tips in Nietzsche’s favor, thanks to the influence of Husserl, an influence that Thomson glosses in terms of Husserl’s Logos essay “Philosophy as Rigorous Science. Cesar added it Aug 20, Reflecting the long-standing dispute about the content of Arisotle’s MetaphysicsScotus begins his commentary on the book with the question: Utrum subiectum metaphysicae sit tefhnology inquantum ens, sicut posuit Avicenna, vel Deus et intelligentiae sicut posuit Commentator Averroes?

The key, he suggests, lies in the supposed way that “Heidegger’s mature reontologization of education” would combine ideals advocated by Fichte and Humboldt: Thomson’s challenging aim is to demonstrate the positive potential of Heidegger’s critique of metaphysics for pedagogical concerns today.

In my view, this is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the political dimension of Heidegger’s thought A very valuable treatment of Heidegger’s political engagement that eduxation on his vision of radical university reform. The Problem of Ontotheology: Open Preview See a Problem? Technology and the Politics of Education by Iain Thomson.



I think Thomson’s defense or at least explanation for Heidegger’s choices under the Nazi regime is a little too pat,and his solution to “fixing” the system is at once a little naive and a bit to metaphorical to be useful. There is also good reason to suppose that the common structural dynamic that Heidegger claims to find, as a matter of historical fact, instantiated in these epochs, including our own, is not only this or that indispensable ontotheology, but more importantly, the ways in which being makes itself present and absent in the course of human dealings with things and with one another.

Restoring Heidegger’s understanding of metaphysics as “ontotheology” to its rightful place educstion the center of his later thought, this book demonstrates the depth and ongotheology of his controversial critique of technology, his appalling misadventure with Nazism, his prescient critique of the university, and his important philosophical suggestions for the future of higher education.

Robbins – – Heythrop Journal 43 2: At the same time, I think I don’t agree with his conclusions.

Thus, in advancing the authoritarian claims of the Rectorial AddressHeidegger plainly gets ahead of himself, Thomson avers, since he had by no means explained the subordinate relation of positive sciences to fundamental ontology and, indeed, presumably with good reason, since such a conception of fundamental ontology is untenable.

This impressive study argues that Heidegger’s deconstruction of metaphysics as ontotheology, when suitably understood, provides the key to his misunderstood critique of technology and to the underappreciated potential of his thought to contribute to efforts tecjnology respond to “our own onrotheology crisis in higher education.

Beth added it Dec 27, Thomson – – Cambridge University Press.