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  • January 29, 2015 To January 29, 2015

  • Seminars

  • K K Birla Goa Campus

  • Offline

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • speaker

Mr. Anoop George

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Bombay

Technological Nihilism: Gandhi and Heidegger

Abstract: By technological nihilism is meant the phenomenon of the loss of meaning with the rise of the technological civilization. The presentation will focus on the discourse of technological nihilism in Gandhi and Heidegger. Gandhi’s critique of technology speaks to us concerning the dehumanization of the human being when entrenched in technological civilization, a dehumanization that propels her/his greed, avarice and arrogance. The dehumanized modern, in Gandhi’s critique, dominates nature through technological means and dominates the other through militarization and war. For Heidegger, modern western civilization understands being itself technologically, and so the comportment of the modern human person towards herself, others and nature operates at the level of calculation, organization and utility. Heidegger, unlike Gandhi, is not a moralist who would prescribe a way out of this situation, because, for him, transformation of ontological understanding is not an event decided only by human beings but an event that unfolds in the realm of mutual engagement between humans and being. Heidegger’s philosophy does evoke a moral critique of modernity and technology which Gandhi consciously engages in. Both of them are prophets who want to re-establish grounds for lost meaning.