The hermeneutics of the modern subject.

Hall, Ronald Arthur (2015) The hermeneutics of the modern subject. Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

Martin Heidegger was the first modern European philosopher to alert mankind to the dangers of modern technology. He argued that technology is an enframing or a limiting perspective of the possibilities for human existence. The philosopher Michel Foucault investigated the geneology of the way that the ‘care of the self’ became superseded by the prevailing cultural imperative to ‘have knowledge of the self’. This change began in the seventeenth century and this thesis addresses the idea that the ‘Homelessness of Being’ which Heidegger associated with modern technology, has been brought about, or exacerbated, by the gradual abandonment of practices associated with the ‘care of the self’. This thesis also examines the way that poetic language and modes of thinking can lead to a ‘way of life’ which is not enframed within a technological matrix.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foucault, Michael Heidegger Modern technology Self
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Sandra Stedman
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 14:24
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 14:02
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/658

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