Books about technology and Heidegger

Computers and Cognition. Fernando Flores and Terry Winograd, Reading, Mass., Addison-Wesley, 1987.

Death of the Soul From Descartes to the Computer. William Barrett, New York, Anchor Books, 1986.

The author describes the traditional understanding of truth as correspondence between a statement and reality and then contrasts it with Heidegger's thought, providing a succinct explanation of the latter.

How is truth possible? How is it possible that thought and its object can coincide?

And his answer here is of such direct and overwhelming simplicity that we are not likely to grasp its significance at once. Statement and thing can correspond because there is an open realm in which they can meet. If I am to match statement with thing, there must be this open space where the two can be put together, It is this realm, or field, of the open that things show themselves and truth comes to be.

There is nothing esoteric or "mystical" about this field of the open. On the contrary, we live and move through and within it all the time, so much so in fact that we hardly note that it is there. And therefore, with it, says Heidegger, we must take up our search for being. We do not begin our study of being with things and substances, in the ordinary and traditional way, but with something less substancial yet more pervasive: the open field or region in which entities manifest themselves.

P. 138-139


Designing Information Technology in the Postmodern Age: From Method to Metaphor. Richard Coyne, Mass., MIT Press, 1995.
Review: Electronic Book Review

Disclosing New Worlds: Entrepreneurship, Democratic Action, and the Cultivation of Solidarity Charles Spinosa, Fernando Flores, and Hubert L. Dreyfus.
Mass., MIT Press, 1997.

Electric Language: A Philosophical Study of Word Processing. Michael Heim, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1987.

Heidegger, Habermas and the Mobile Phone. George Myerson, Cambridge, Totem Books, 2001.

The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality. Michael Heim, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1993.

Technology and the Politics of Knowledge. Edited by Andrew Feenberg and Alastair Hannay, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1995.


What Computers Still Can't Do. Hubert L. Dreyfus, Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 1991.

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