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.
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.”
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.
for the 2016 Heidegger Circle meeting - the 50th! - at DePaul, Chicago, September 15-18.