“Only A God
Can Save Us Now”
Heidegger on Technocracy, Cybernetics,
and Being Human
Course Developed & Taught by Dr. Johannes A. Niederhauser
In this young decade of the third millennium we are finally beginning to see the true face of technology. How we can prepare ourselves and give human responses to the coming tidal waves and tempests upon us is the focus of this course. You can enrol in the course here.
This Masterclass presents the full scope of Heidegger’s philosophy of technology. This philosophy cannot be divided from his attempts to articulate ways of poetic existence within the currently and only seemingly prevalent technocratic-scientific framework.
Heidegger’s SPIEGEL Interview, published shortly after his death, is as widely known and notorious as its true scope remained concealed.
It is in this interview that Heidegger proclaimed:
“Only a god can save us now!” And he did so with explicit reference to the all-encompassing power-grab of the planetary cybernetic system.
In this course we will try to articulate who or what that god is and what technology is in its essence.
For today we are urgently being necessitated, coerced even to see what has been announcing itself for long: The total technocratic rule and domination of the human being and his world, which is now a global interwoven network of nodes and which as such is precisely what rules, organises, reorganises, shapes, structures, leads, drives and steers the world.
The planet itself is becoming a cybernetic system.
But who or what steers that system? How can we remain free human beings in the technocratic catastrophe? Because far from providing absolute control, what is truly upon us, is chaos, as Heidegger says:
“The will to mastery becomes all the more urgent the more technology threatens to slip from human control.”
In order to articulate our responses we will read some of the most important essays by Heidegger on this question: The Question Concerning Technology, The Thing, Building Dwelling Thinking, Black Notebooks, Overcoming Metaphysics, and The Age of the World Picture.
This course is for those of you who want to understand our digital-technological future and how we can remain human.
Learn how we can remain human in the digital catastrophe.
Learn how we can achieve a free and playful relationship with technology.
Learn how we can find escapes from technocracy.
Enrolment for 2022 is now closed. Perhaps see you next year.
"Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or deny it. But we are delivered over to it in the worst possible way when we regard it as something neutral; for this conception of it, to which today we particularly like to do homage, makes us utterly blind to the essence of technology."