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Existence and Machine

The German Philosophy in the Age of Machines (1870-1960)

  • Fabio Grigenti

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Fabio Grigenti
    Pages 21-27
  3. Fabio Grigenti
    Pages 41-46
  4. Fabio Grigenti
    Pages 47-54
  5. Fabio Grigenti
    Pages 55-63
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 65-74

About this book

Introduction

The aim of this work is to provide a preliminary analysis of a much more far-reaching investigation into the relationship between technology and philosophy. In the context of the contemporary German thought, the author compares the different positions of Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger, Ernst and Friedrich Jünger, Arnold Gehlen and Gunther Anders. The term “machine” is used precisely to mean that complex material device assembled in the last quarter of the 18th century as a result of the definitive modern refinement of certain fundamental technologies, i.e. metallurgy, precision mechanics and hydraulics. The “machine” discussed here arrived on the scene of man’s history when the processes of spinning and weaving were entrusted to semi-automatic means; when the water wheels used in mills, hitherto always made of wood, were supplanted by the metal levers of the steam engine; and especially when the steam engine was connected to the weaving frames, to the metalworking hammers, and to other machines used to manufacture other machines in an endless reiteration of assemblies and applications, the enormous outcome of which is what subsequently came to be described as “mass production”. The philosophers discussed here were also dealing with the type of machine described above and in their works she we can identify three model images of this idea of machine. These images have been drawn on at various times, also outside the realms of philosophy, and they still provide the backdrop for our knowledge of the machine, which has circulated in a great variety of languages.

Keywords

Machine Existence Industrialization Labor Technology Anthropology Contemporary Philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Fabio Grigenti
    • 1
  1. 1.Università degli Studi di PadovaDipartimento di Filosofia Università degli Studi di PadovaPadovaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45366-8
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45365-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45366-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4548
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4556
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