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За човека като техническо животно (ортегианско размишление)
For man as a technical animal (Ortegian meditation)

Author(s): Nikolay Tsenkov
Subject(s): Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophical Traditions, Social Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Existentialism
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: José Ortega-y-Gasset; technique; welfare; claim for life; radical reality;

Summary/Abstract: The article focuses on José Ortega y Gasset's understanding of technique. According to this Ortegian understanding man imposes on nature his technological power not simply to satisfy his needs, but also as a manifestation of the continual conquest of reality. Through the prism of technique, the article presents an interpretation of the Spanish philosopher’s vision on the creation of being through incessant activity: man creates his own existence not only economically, but also metaphysically.Ortega y Gasset's conception of technology is also linked to another central theme in his philosophy – life as a radical reality. This issue is also discussed together with some pejorative social phenomena related to technological development like the crisis of desires, the acceleration of life, and the lack of interest on the part of the masses in the cultural conditions that make technological progress possible.

  • Issue Year: XXIX/2020
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 92-98
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian