Sunday, January 26, 2020
Medium on Martin and Ludwig.
Martin Heidegger once wrote of the “flight of the gods”. This was a reference to what he took to be the ascendancy of “scientific culture” in 20th century Western society and the concomitant rise of “instrumental rationality”. Heidegger — along with Edmund Husserl — also wrote of the scientific flight from “lifeworlds”. This position can be compared to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s view that Western civilisation had taken a flight from God. Wittgenstein was also — or in parallel — strongly against scientism (to use a term not often used in his own day).
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