The purpose of writing this book is twofold: one, to engage in a critical exposition of Heidegger’s views on science and especially his thoughts on technology in the current context of the threat to humans and the environment posed by technology; two, to go beyond Heidegger by suggesting certain steps to counter technology. Heidegger’s way of meditative thinking could help us retain our sanity. His approach to technology is metaphysical. The author argues that the metaphysical approach is good but insufficient. We need a moral approach to technology as well. We may not be able to handle technology without a nonviolent attitude towards being. Violence combined with technology will most likely obliterate all life, including ours, from the planet. So the book will help the readers to understand what constitutes a nonviolent approach to being.
In loving memory of Professor George F. McLean
Part I: Heidegger’s Understanding of Science and Technology
Chapter One: Heidegger’s Interest in Science and Technology
Chapter Two: The Picture of the Modern World
Chapter Three: Science as the Theory of the Real
Chapter Four: How are Science and Mathematics Related to Metaphysics?
Chapter Five: “God is Dead” and Technology
Chapter Six: What is Technology?
Chapter Seven: Dwelling, Thinking and Technology
Chapter Eight: Reflection on Heidegger and Technology
Part II: Dealing with Technology, Inspired by Heidegger
Chapter Nine: Western Technology and the Rediscovery of Indigenous Wisdom
Chapter Ten: A New Definition of Philosophy as Love of Being
Chapter Eleven: The Imperative of a Nonviolent Approach to Being
Prof. Joseph I. Fernando (Prof (Emeritus), Arul Anandar (Autonomous) College, Madurai) obtained a Baccalaureate in Philosophy from the then Pontifical Athenaeum, Pune; Masters in Ancient Indian Culture, MPhil in Philosophy and Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Pune; and a Diploma in Gandhian Thought from Madurai University. He participated in a Postdoctoral Research Seminar Program conducted by the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and has presented papers at several international conferences abroad. He has been teaching philosophy in India, Thailand and Macau. His other books are Dynamics of Liberation: The Social Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.and Pathway to Peace: A Nonviolent Lifestyle.