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We Need to Talk About Heidegger

Essays Situating Martin Heidegger in Contemporary Media Studies


Edited By Justin Michael Battin and German A. Duarte

This collection assembles a number of chapters engaging different strands of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy in order to explore issues relevant to contemporary media studies. Following the release of Heidegger’s controversial Black Notebooks and the subsequent calls to abandon the philosopher, this book seeks to demonstrate why Heidegger, rather than be pushed aside and shunned by media practitioners, ought to be embraced by and further incorporated into the discipline, as he offers unique and often innovative pathways to address, and ultimately understand, our daily engagements with media-related phenomena.

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From Ontology to Organology: Heidegger and Stiegler on the Danger and Ambiguity of Technology and Technical Media


Martin Heidegger is a constant reference in the work of Bernard Stiegler. As for Jacques Derrida, his principal teacher, Stiegler understands his philosophical project in the first place as enabled and inspired by the work of Heidegger. Already from the title of his still unfinished magnum opus Technics and Time one can gather that the thought of Stiegler is motivated by the questions that have been put forward for the first time by the author of Being and Time. Whereas Heidegger in this book tried to think being in terms of time, Stiegler aims to show in his ground-breaking treatise that this time, the temporality or the temporal happening of being that takes place in and through human being-there [Dasein], is constituted and conditioned by technology in an original manner. If it is true that the basic question of Heidegger’s thought, the question of being, is addressed along the path of his thinking more and more emphatically as the question concerning technology or more precisely as the question concerning the essence of technology, and this essence was itself explicitly thought by him as being not techno-logical but indeed profoundly onto-logical in nature, i.e., of the order of being, then Stiegler shows to the contrary that this essence of technology is thoroughly technological (in an ontic sense) after all and that as a consequence we need to understand that which Heidegger tried to think as ‘being’ from the perspective of technology, and that is to say from the fundamental...

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