The ontic and the ontological in Heidegger's philosophy of technology: Response to Thomson

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 43 (4):445 – 450 (2000)
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Iain Thomson's critique is persuasive on several points but not on the major issue, the relation of the ontological to the ontic in Heidegger's philosophy of technology. This reply attempts to show that these two dimensions of Heidegger's theory are closely related, at least in the technological domain, and not separate, as Thomson affirms. It is argued that Heidegger's evaluations of particular technologies, the flaws of which Thomson concedes, proceed from a flawed ontological conception.

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