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Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong Strong

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780226333861

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.001.0001

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Borgmann's Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen: On the Prepolitical Conditions of a Politics of Place

Borgmann's Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen: On the Prepolitical Conditions of a Politics of Place

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(p.106) Six Borgmann's Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen: On the Prepolitical Conditions of a Politics of Place
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Technology and the Good Life?
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Light Andrew

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0007

This chapter stresses that Borgmann's reform program advocates a set of issues that any political system must address if it is to be effective in a social sphere dominated by technology. It makes a comparison between Nietzsche and Borgmann, an unusual pairing, into an interpretation of Borgmann's politics. Nietzsche is widely known for his unfashionable observations on contemporary culture, unfashionable because they bucked most conventions and trends at the time. However, he did not have a political theory per se, which left his work unfortunately open to adoption by any number of political persuasions. Instead, Nietzsche developed what is being described as prepolitical conditions, or those “that must obtain in order for any healthy public sphere to emerge and sustain itself according to its author's diagnosis of the general cultural, social, or political conditions required for such thriving.”

Keywords:   prepolitical conditions, Borgmann's politics, reform program, political condition, contemporary culture, Nietzsche

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