Anthropology in the Age of Technology: The Philosophical Contributions of GŁnther Anders
This book is the first to discuss, for an English-speaking audience, the ideas of the German-Jewish man of letters, thinker, and activist GŁnther Anders. Anders is one of few philosophers to deal intensely with the moral consequences of Auschwitz and Hiroshima. He can rightly be called the philosopher of the atomic age, and his thinking a philosophy of modern technology.
In biting manifestoes, sharp aphorisms, and penetrating essays, in stirring diary notes and political fables, Anders strikes out the age in which we live. As a twentieth-century visionary, he exposes the absence of the moral and social imaginations that is necessary to prevent our history from ending in a total catastrophe. In the gap between our technical creations and our utter inability to imagine their destructive potential lies the basis for the unstoppable activity of this practical philosopher. From every possible angle, he attempts to comprehend this modern schizophrenia in its roots and consequences.
Anders is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. He tried to describe and analyze the variety of manifestations of the "self-destructive progress of our technical civilization," which makes humanity into an "anti-quated" sort. He diagnosed countless important problems, ranging from the world of media to the dictates of the world of machinery, and he investigated their social, political, and philosophical meaning.
To read his writings is more than becoming acquainted with a rich and colorful philosopher. It is more than an encounter with a moving and passionate individual. It is ultimately a confrontation with oneself, with our own guilt and responsibility, with our personal hopes and fears, with our lack of imagination and with our need to recover it.
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Lack of Imagination as a Modern Form of Unscrupulousness
7 Labor in an Industrial System
A A Critical Commentary
Increasing Objective Responsibility and the Lagging Sense of Responsibility
Anders as Moralist
Anders as Aesthete and Lyricist
Three The Core Thinking of Anders
Outlines of a Negative Anthropology
Humanity and Its Artifacts
A Phenomenology of TelevisionWatching
Philosophy of History under Nuclear Threat
A What Is the Bomb Really?
B Philosophy of History under Nuclear Threat
Blindness to the Apocalypse
Correspondence with the Hiroshima Pilot
Four The Relation of Anders to Academic Philosophy
Five Anderss Philosophy of Technology in Relation to That
Six Anders and the Technology Debate
Seven Evaluation and Closing Remarks
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