Thursday, August 17, 2017
On being-at-work in B&T.
As our dealing geared to equipment in Being and Time is included in the work-world, so is the work-character of the world also in this lecture understood in relation to human being as worker. As equipment only is in our dealing geared to equipment and in our focus on its work, so is the relation with timber here characterized in the following way: the timber is originary at work, provided that the carpenter has it in hand. “What is able-to-be (the wood lying before in the workshop), that is in work, is there as able-to-be precisely when it is taken up into work.” The whole of nature is therefore being-at-work—the phusis is “worker of itself”—but originary being-at-work is nature precisely in our dealing with it: “In work, one has the surrounding world (also that which is of interest, and the like). We are concerned with the surrounding world in hand.” Work is thus understood in a relational way, as the unity of the being-at-work of the work-world and human work with regard to this world, and concerns therefore the appearance of the world as being-at-work and our human responsiveness to the world of work as worker.
Also in Being and Time, our dealing geared by equipment is explicitly called “work”; the work-world “is found when one is at work,” we meet other people “at work,” etc. It is precisely this handling or working with equipment with regard to the works of labor, which is called being-in-theworld by Heidegger.
P. 66
From Vincent Blok's Ernst Jünger’s Philosophy of Technology Heidegger and the Poetics of the Anthropocene.
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