Technology and Oikologia: Ethics and Ontology

  • Eugenio Mazzarella
Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 39)


The technique, as epoch of metaphysics, is the historical a priori of the Seinsfrage, where human finiteness talks about the Thrownness of its existence, whose historical “here and now” is the epochal connection that we are able to see in the planetary tension of technical acting. The relationship between the finite thinking and Being passes through—and moves from—the finite configuration (the epoch) in which it is sent as destiny: the sending regards man himself in his being, and not something that ‘is added to him’. The name of this essential character of contemporary man, the truth of his “Being-in-world”, for Heidegger is Gestell: the technical disposition-framing, upon which today seems that everything is weaved and arranged. In this ontological framework, the relationship with the sense of Being that modern man can regain (even to achieve a ‘free’ relation with the destiny of Being as Gestell), depends on an Erörterung—a thinking replacing of the phenomenon of the world, as Gestell, in regard to the wordling of the world as Ereignis. To regain for a thought of calculation, the thought that has made itself calculation, an opening for the secret that exists in the unveiling, the inexplicability of the origin: the Offenheit für das Geheimnis. A measure of humility which is the ancient gesture of thought as Denken, that is also Andenken, memory and gratitude.


  1. Aristotle. (1984). Physics (W. Charlton, Trans.). Oxford: Clarendon Press.Google Scholar
  2. Heidegger, M. (1933). DieSelbstbehauptung der deutschen Universität. Breslau: Korn.Google Scholar
  3. Heidegger, M. (1939). Vom Wesen und Begriff der Physis. Aristoteles, „Physik, B, 1“. In M. Heidegger (Ed.), Gesamtausgabe, Bd. 9 (pp. 239–301).Google Scholar
  4. Heidegger, M. [1931–1932] (1940). Platons Lehre der Wahrheit. In M. Heidegger (Ed.), Gesamtausgabe, Bd. 9, hrsg. von F.-W. von Herrmann (pp. 203–238). Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann 1976.Google Scholar
  5. Heidegger, M. (1946). Brief über den Humanismus. In M. Heidegger (Ed.), Gesamtausgabe, Bd. 9 (pp. 301–364).Google Scholar
  6. Heidegger, M. [1959] (1969). Discourse on thinking (J. M. Anderson & E. H. Freund, Trans.). New York: Harper & Row.Google Scholar
  7. Heidegger, M. [1950–1959] (1971). On the way to language (P. Hertz, Trans.). San Francisco: Harper.Google Scholar
  8. Heidegger, M. [1962] (1972). On time and being (J. Stambaugh, Trans.). New York: Harper & Row.Google Scholar
  9. Heidegger, M. [1951–1952] (1976). What is called thinking? New York: Harper Collins.Google Scholar
  10. Heidegger, M. [1954] (2000). Vorträge und Aufsätze. In M. Heidegger (Ed.), Gesamtausgabe Bd. 7, hrsg. von F.-W. von Herrmann. Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann Klostermann.Google Scholar
  11. Heidegger, M. [1935–1946] (2002). Off the beaten track (J. Young & K. Haynes, Trans.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Heidegger, M. [1935] (2014). Introduction to metaphysics (G. Fried & R. Polt, Trans.). New Haven: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
  13. Mazzarella, E. (1981). Tecnicae metafisica. Saggio su Heidegger. Napoli: Guida.Google Scholar
  14. Nietzsche, E. [1883–1885] (2006). Thus spoke Zarathustra (Robert Pippin, Trans.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  15. Weber, M. [1946] (1991). Science as vocation. In M. Weber (Ed.), From Max Weber: Essays in sociology (H. H. Gerth & C. W. Mills, Trans.). London: Routledge.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy Section, Department of HumanitiesUniversity of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly

Personalised recommendations