Heidegger's Confrontation with Modernity: Technology, Politics, and Art
by Zimmerman, Michael E (1990)
The relation between Martin Heidegger's understanding of technology and his affiliation with and conception of National Socialism is the leading idea of this fascinating and revealing book. Zimmerman shows that the key to the relation between Heidegger's philosophy and his politics was his concern with the nature of working and production.
Trapped within Nietzsche's metaphysics, Junger conceived of the Gestalt of the worker in terms of a certain kind of humanity. He spoke as if the Gestalt of the worker forged together in humanity the calculating, steely powers of the machine and the atavistic, passionate energies of the Will to Power at work in all life. As we have seen, however, Heidegger believed that this view of humanity as half-animal, half-rational was the final stage of the decline of Aristotle's doctrine of the "rational animal" in Nietzsche's "blond beast" who would dominate the earth with modern technology. (p.81)
KeywordsHeidegger, Technology, National Socialism, Junger, Production, Germany, Nazi
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