Heidegger and das Gestell.

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Heidegger contributed one of his very last and short pieces of writing in his address to the 10th annual meeting of Heidegger circle in 1976 in US. In this address the question of technology was raised by him.


In his writing, he states that the world which is dominated by technology will also result in the forgetfulness and unawareness and he also asks the participants to contemplate and think deeply about the question of technology, its importance and also the possible effects on the human life. The technological change was certainly very significant and transformational shift in a short period of time and Heidegger attempted to capture the most significant aspect of the change by means of a concept called Gestell, which is normally translated as “Enframing” lexically meaning “frame” or “rack” in German, but philosophically it is a newly invented word which acquires its meaning from some of the other related concepts built around the root-verb of stellen (meaning to place); just as in herstellen (to make), & vorstellen (to represent), and also the word Gestalt (meaning pattern) (Ruin, 2010).
One of the most famous & talked about essays from Heidegger’s earlier period was “The question concerning technology”, which he delivered in 1953 as a lecture. He writes there, “We now name the challenging claim that gathers man with a view to ordering the self-revealing as standing-reserve: Ge-stell [enframing]” (El-Bizri, 2000: 86). The statement mention is surely puzzling and hard to understand. ...
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