Special Issue

Philosophy & Technology

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 5-17

First online:

The Here and Now: Theory, Technology, and Actuality

  • Albert BorgmannAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, The University of Montana Email author 

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Central figures of American mainstream philosophy have at crucial points in their work been concerned with the concreteness of actual reality, but have in various ways been deflected to primarily technical issues of philosophical analysis. It is possible, however, to see in these concerns a line of inquiry that leads to an examination of what is characteristic of actual reality today and of what is troubling and what is hopeful in it. Technology is a helpful term for the character of contemporary reality, commodification for what is questionable and moments of completeness for what is promising in it.


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