Heidegger is now widely recognized as one of the most influential and controversial philosophers of the twentieth century, yet much of his later philosophy. Cambridge University Press X – Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education Iain D. Thomson Excerpt More information. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education | Heidegger is now widely recognized as one of the .

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While his suggestion that we should consider the worth of such a reevaluation stripped of certain fatal commitments in the face of contemporary crises in education crises the existence of which no one disputes is evocative, Thomson leaves the nature of this consideration largely up to the reader, save for some pleasant but empty hints about ye olde Zu-kunft. Heidegger is now widely recognized as one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, yet much of his later philosophy remains shrouded in confusion and controversy.

Matthew Pridham rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Ahmed rated it liked it Aug 10, Chris is currently reading it Apr 09, Tracy Colony – – Idealistic Studies 39 Trivia About Heidegger on Onto Thomson reasons that, given Heidegger’s abandonment of fundamental ontology and the inadmissibility of his Frontgemeinschaft model for the university, the main challenge is securing the unity of the university.

Restoring Heidegger’s understanding of metaphysics as ‘ontotheology’ to its rightful place at the center of his later thought, this book demonstrates the depth and significance of his controversial critique of technology, his appalling misadventure with Nazism, his prescient critique of the university, and his important philosophical suggestions for the future of higher education.

He contends that the conception motivating the authoritarian claims of the Rektoratsrede is Heidegger’s mistaken belief in fundamental ontology. As a prelude to vindicating Heidegger from these objections, Thomson notes Heidegger’s insistence on a verbal non-Platonic sense of ‘essence,’ respectively articulated historically by ontotheologies and, in the present, by the increasingly hegemonous and dangerous Nietzschean understanding of being as “an unending disaggregation and reaggregation of forces without any purpose or goal beyond the self-perpetuating augmentation of these forces through their continual self-overcoming” Lists with This Book.

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Thomson Excerpt More information Introduction 3 well to skip ahead to Chapter 2 or 3, circling back once the stakes become clear. Account Options Sign in.


In any case, he contends that by Heidegger comes to see that “there was no substantive fundamental ontology waiting beneath history to be recovered” obtotheology It will be required reading for those seking to understand the relationship between Heidegger’s philosophy and National Socialism, as well as the continuing relevance of his work.

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Steven marked it as to-read Oct 19, The Disruptive Power ontothology Attention in Education. Technology and the Politics of Education, by Iain Thomson. Jamie marked it as to-read Apr 15, Utrum subiectum metaphysicae sit ens inquantum ens, sicut posuit Avicenna, vel Deus et intelligentiae sicut posuit Commentator Averroes? Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity. Technology and the Politics of Education Iain D.

Jun 24, Mjhancock rated it liked it Shelves: Don Ihde – – Fordham University Press. Hankey – – Ancient Philosophy 26 2: Thomson also argues compellingly for a reevaluation of Heidegger’s disastrous political commitments in the early s in terms of his views on the hedegger of education, the purpose of the university, and the need for the radical restructuring of both.

Without denying this connection between Heidegger’s philosophy and politics, Thomson anchors the connection in the concept of fundamental ontology. Technology, Politics, and Educatioh. It would also reinforce his contention that the later Heidegger would have refined but retained the basic structure of the Rectorial Address and that he mistakenly follows Nietzsche’s strategy of combating fragmentation by rejecting academic freedom.

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Thomson’s challenging aim is to demonstrate the positive potential of Heidegger’s critique of metaphysics for pedagogical concerns today. Kurt Xyst rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Daniel Gohl marked it as to-read Apr 10, His general claim that the philosophical heideggeer motivating — at least in good measure — the pretensions of reforming the university and providing intellectual guidance to National Socialism stems from the very project of Being and Time is, in my view, highly credible.

However controversial this central doctrine of the later Heidegger may be, it now forms a taken-for-granted point of philosophical departure for virtually every major practitioner of poststructuralism, postmodernism, and deconstruction.

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This impressive study argues that Heidegger’s deconstruction of metaphysics as ontotheology, when suitably understood, provides the key to his misunderstood critique of technology and to the underappreciated potential of his thought to contribute to efforts to respond to “our geidegger growing crisis in higher education.

Moreover, Thomson lets Heidegger off far too easily here given his robust use of the operative notions EpocheSeynsgeschick and Seynsentzug across epochs. Understanding Heidegger’s Turn, Method, and Politics. Miguel de Beistegui – – Routledge. PetersValerie AllenAres D.

In Chapter 1 Thomson does a nice job of demonstrating how Heidegger’s understanding of metaphysics as ontotheology combines these two traditional senses of metaphysics the study of being as the ontological and theological ground of entities. Heidegger, Education, and Modernity.