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The Question Concerning Technology by Mind Map: The Question Concerning Technology
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The Question Concerning Technology

The Essence of Technology

What is technology?

A means to an end, Manipulating technology in the proper manner as a means, "The will to mastery becomes all the more urgent the more technology threatens to slip from human control."

A human activity

Technology itself is a contrivance

For a definition to be correct, all it must do is reference the shell of the concepts' essence, not the essence itself., What is the instrumental?, Causality, What is causality, Ignoring these questions makes these concepts obscure & groundless, Causa, caus (cadere) - to fall, ...something falls out as a result in such and such a way., Doctrine of the Four Causes, "They let what is not yet present arrive into presencing.", Physis (nature), Bringing forth in itself, A flower bursting into blossom, Brought forth in itself, Bringing forth not in itself, A silver chalice, Brought forth by the artisan, "Something concealed comes into unconcealment.", Truth, Revealing, Material (material cause), Shape (formal cause), Finality (final cause), Source (efficient cause)


Technology & Truth

Not just a means to an end

A way of revealing


Techne, Activities and skills of the craftsman, The arts of the mind and the fine arts, To understand, knowing, an expert, "Reveals whatever does not bring itself forth and does not yet lie here before us.", The acquisition of truth, This might apply to the techniques of the handcraftsman, Does not fit modern machine-powered technology

Modern Technology

Challenges nature




Created not just to exist


Challenging-forth rather than bringing forth

Energy concealed in nature is unlocked. transformed, stored & distributed, New way of revealing, No end to the revealing process

The Role of Man

Takes part in ordering as a way of revealing

Merely obeying

Lack of listening

Technology determines the truth of nature rather than humans being aware of this truth