A New Look at Heidegger’s Question Concerning Technology

A year ago, I asked for book recommendations. Nicholas Brysiewicz of the Long Now Foundation, responded with this essay. Now it’s my turn to pass the recommendation on, hopefully in a more readable form.

The Lovitt translation of Heidegger’s essay The Question Concerning Technology is good but we can do better. I spent a good chunk of this year re-writing it to be a bit more readable and pithy. Check it out. (PDF and ePub versions below)

There’s a lot in this essay. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a ‘foundational text’ for quantum rhetoric, but its perspective on insight, the relationship between technology and the arts, greed, and humanity are very much in line with my thinking about the world at large. I found it an incredibly rewarding read.

Rather than write up a critique of it, I’ve added some of my reader’s notes to the PDF version using Hypothesis. Unfortunately, I think you have to install the Chrome extension to see the notes in context.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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