Friday, July 29, 2016
Modern Diplomacy on Europe's woes.
It is a fact that Europe is no longer at the center of global cultural routes. Its underlying idea - its foundation myth - has now become the ''idea of technology", the continuous and repetitive transformation of the universe into a civilization of téchne in which, according to the German philosopher Heidegger, man is ever more surrounded by powers he created that do not follow his will but, on the contrary, adapt man to the will of technology.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

AndPhilosophy on superhero cartoons and science.
Projection, experimentation, and ongoing activity constitute the onset of modern science. The goal is to bring “whatever is to account with regard to the way in which and the extent to which it lets itself be put at the disposal of representation”. Nature, which is “calculated in advance,” and history, which is taken to be “verified as past,” become the means by which representation is possible. They are “set in place” as trustworthy and used to establish those things that can really be said “to be,” or as Heidegger puts it, “Only that which becomes object in this way is”.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Random Nerd Danny Sullivan on the question concerning Iron Man's technology.
Technology’s ability to impose expectations is not limited to the Iron Man suits. In fact, this ability is what Heidegger uses to distinguish between classical technology, like axes and windmills, and “modern” technology, like a hydroelectric dam or industrialized farm. While a traditional tool has a particular use and therefore sets up a possible set of activities one can perform, thus partaking in the essence of technology on the whole, it does not reflect back the expectation that one use it. That is, the tool does not regard its owner as a natural energy source through which its activity can be realized. The dam is different; the presence of the dam places the river in a position subservient to it.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Hampstead & Highgate Express reports on dodgy existentialism.
A woman conned out of thousands of pounds by a “manipulative psychoanalyst” who won her trust in radical therapy sessions has said she hopes he will “never be able to commit crime again”.
The self-styled psychoanalyst from Camden, who is the civil partner of the late film director Ken Russell’s son, had won the vulnerable woman’s confidence by carrying out sessions of “radical existential psychoanalysis” via telephone from the United States, charging £1,980.
Judge John Plumstead, who will sentence Cochran on September 2, said he believed the 29-year-old may have a “narcissistic personality disorder” and ordered psychiatric assessments. He said: “His degree seems to have been a pretty generalist one, he’s talked himself into thinking that by reading Jean Paul Sartre and Heidegger he can form a basis to give therapy to others. That’s delusional.”
Saturday, July 23, 2016
From Taste of Cinema, The 10 Best Movies Influenced by Heideggerian Philosophy.
The texts for next month's Institute for Hermeneutic Phenomenology.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

montrealpythonblog on causality.
Heidegger challenge to us is to think efficient causality as being derived from a more primary sense of cause considered as final cause, whew the effects of cause are considered internal to cause itself. A proper understanding of causality will go on to give us access to the truth of technology.
Monday, July 18, 2016
In NDPR, Pierre-Jean Renaudie reviews Claude Romano's There is: The Event and the Finitude of Appearing, translated by Michael B. Smith.
According to Romano, Heidegger dismisses too quickly the existential significance of the event and its impact on the "ek-sistence" of Dasein. "The event, as soon as it comes up in Sein und Zeit, is traced back to an inauthentic modality of Dasein, that is to an ontological dissimulation of its existence". Romano very convincingly demonstrates that this "surreptitious reduction of events to mere innerworldly facts" that can receive only the ontological meaning of Vorhandenheit misses a fundamental dimension of existence and is responsible for Heidegger's unsatisfying analysis of the "ecstatic" temporality of Dasein. The very question that Being and Time unearths and emphasizes, the question about the "who?" that characterizes the Sein of Dasein, requires an in-depth analysis of the occurrence of the events that determine the very possibilities of Dasein and contribute in reconfiguring its world, making each time that Dasein the particular Dasein it is and has to be.
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