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Technology, Excretion and the Good Life

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Biswas, Tanushree:
Technology, Excretion and the Good Life.
In: European Journal of Sustainable Development. Vol. 3 (2014) Issue 3 . - pp. 177-188.
ISSN 2239-5938
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14207/ejsd.2014.v3n3p177

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This paper discusses an ontological crisis that emerges from the modern life which is inherently related to modern technology, with insights from Heidegger's ontology of technology and my observations in Ladakh. There are two central underlying assumptions in my approach:
− “Technological” progress lies at the heart of earning the identity of being a developed country.
− The way we relate to objects of knowledge, determines the nature of knowledge.
Heidegger shows that what qualifies as science and technology for the minority world today, has not always been the way it was conceived. The validity and truth of modern knowledge is held under profound suspicion because only that which can be measured, calculated, stored, called-upon and challenged to deliver comes into being in this worldview. This tendency pervades every aspect of our lifestyles including mundane acts such as excretion. It is through such mundane acts, that relations with existence as a whole are formed and maintained and progressive knowledge is possible; knowledge which makes sustainability and the good life possible.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Technology; Excretion; Ladakhi; Heidegger's Ontology of Technology
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair General Education > Lehrstuhl Allgemeine Pädagogik - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Iris Clemens
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair General Education
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology > 100 Philosophy
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2017 07:02
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 08:46
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/38445