Aspects of Technicity in Heidegger's Early Philosophy: Rereading Aristotle's Techné and Hexis

Research in Phenomenology 38 (2008), pp. 317-357

Posted: 2 Jul 2013  

Ernst Wolff

University of Pretoria

Abstract

The article aims to advance our understanding of what the early Heidegger had in mind when he spoke about technics. Taking GA 18, Grundbegriffe der aristotelischen Philosophie, as guiding text, Heidegger’s "destructive" reading of the two notions most directly associated with Aristotle’s presentation of technics – techné and hexis – will be examined, especially with reference to the portrayal of technics in the Nicomachean Ethics. It will be argued that Aristotle already exaggerated the distinction between virtue and skill and that, instead of insisting on their similarities (as will be argued to be desirable), Heidegger drove the two notions even further apart. This enabled him to form a warped picture of technical life, which he exploited as counter image to develop an unrealistically non-technical notion of praxis, which Heidegger implicitly advocates.

Keywords: technics, virtue, habitus, Heidegger, Aristotle

Suggested Citation

Wolff, Ernst, Aspects of Technicity in Heidegger's Early Philosophy: Rereading Aristotle's Techné and Hexis. Research in Phenomenology 38 (2008), pp. 317-357. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2288144

Ernst Wolff (Contact Author)

University of Pretoria ( email )

Department of Philosophy
Pretoria, 0002
South Africa

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