The Essence of Technology


What is technology? Heidegger would say that there is an essence to technology that we are missing that if we do not find, may hurt individuals and society by dehumanizing their existence. Heidegger takes time to describe what he believes the true essence of technology is by working from the damaged perception of what technology is and the damaged perception technology gives. The thoughts laid out in his work have been later formed into practical solutions by Albert Borgmann through what he calls focal practices and focal things. With these, Borgmann believes to be giving an alternative to our understanding and relation to technology that Heidegger so imperatively demands of those who take him seriously.