Heidegger views the difference between older forms of technology (the windmill, for example, which draws its energy from the wind but does not extract and store that energy) and modern technology which exploits and exhausts--in Heidegger's terms, "challenges"--our planet's resources. For Heidegger, “enframing” [Gestell in German] is using technology to turn nature into a resource for efficient use. One should never forget that in this article Enframing is too abstract, Heidegger does not give us a concrete example to illustrate enframing. Heidegger discusses the enframing of the hydroelectric power plants on the Rhine which "set-to" the Rhine the being as material under human control. We often hear people criticized for wanting to "put everything into boxes." The Enframing of the Self as a Problem: Heidegger and Marcel on Modern Technology’s Relation to the Person, Zachary Willcutt By SERRC on February 9, 2017 • ( 2). Heidegger's use of Gestell, or "enframing," follows a similar path: he takes a word meaning something concrete (a bookshelf, for example), and uses it to designate something abstract. A good way to understand the difference is to take a look at the examples that Heidegger gives. He is best known for contributions to phenomenology, hermeneutics, and existentialism.. Enframing. Home › Articles › The Enframing of the Self as a Problem: Heidegger and Marcel on Modern Technology’s Relation to the Person, Zachary Willcutt. Enframing, then, is complicit with being because it is a revelation or call to the self to respond. Modern technology, says Heidegger, lets us isolate nature and treat it as a “standing reserve” [Bestand]—that is, a resource to be stored for later utility. Martin Heidegger (/ ˈ h aɪ d ɛ ɡ ər, ˈ h aɪ d ɪ ɡ ər /; German: [ˈmaʁtiːn ˈhaɪdɛɡɐ]; 26 September 1889 – 26 May 1976) was a German philosopher, and a seminal thinker in the Continental tradition of philosophy. this way. The plants damn up the Rhine and it is no longer the Rhine as such, it is enframed as power source. Heidegger uses the example of technology to pinpoint that it is the human aspect of technology that is dangerous about it: because we as humans are used to interpreting the world to concepts, terms and classifications, these now stand in the way as a medium or interface between us and the world. Heidegger calls this ordering enframing, enframing is the metaphysical position that mediates between the user of modern technology and the world. Not only is the “world” threatened by enframing, but so is a human’s relation to the world and to themselves. This ultimate danger is to become a means to a particular being, enframing facilitates this, the hope is to become something other than man in the name of Being itself. Heidegger’s answer to this motivational question is unconventional— instead of suggesting that the origins of this motivation are indigenous to human beings, he postulates the existence of a phenomenon that ‘sets upon man to order the real as standing-reserve’. Of course, the writer is not alone in that disclosure, because for Heidegger enframing is an a priori that has immediately incorporated with the modern self. Author Information: Zachary Willcutt, Boston College, willcuttz@bc.edu
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