Günther Anders – Shame and Apparatus

  • Fabio Grigenti
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)


In this chapter is presented the pessimistic diagnosis of Gunther Anders about the world dominated by technology. Anders observes: (a) the diffusion of a new sentiment amongst human beings, occurring in parallel with a frighteningly rapid rise in techno-science. He describes this different emotional mood (Stimmung) as a sense of “Promethean shame” (prometeische Schäme) that describes it as a hitherto unknown, but increasingly widespread sense of shame that man experiences when he sees the embarrassingly high quality of the objects that he himself has constructed; (b) the concrete realization in the present time of the by Anders is called the “mega-machine” that can be configured like a sort of huge ideal state in which every human and no human component serves the functional needs of the whole. According to Anders, the fusion of each particular apparatus into a single, large apparatus marks the achievement of a new ontology. From the point of view of the apparatuses, the essential meaning of things becomes the one according to which “being” means “being part of an apparatus”.


Anders Promethean shame Apparatus Mega-machine Soul Modularity Components 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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