The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism: Heidegger, Marx, Nietzsche

The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism: Heidegger, Marx, Nietzsche

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By Arthur Kroker
Digital Futures
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2004
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240 Pages
ISBN 9780802085733
Published Mar 2004
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In The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism, Arthur Kroker explores the future of the 21st century in the language of technological destiny. Presenting Martin Heidegger, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche as prophets of technological nihilism, Kroker argues that every aspect of contemporary culture, society, and politics is coded by the dynamic unfolding of the 'will to technology.'

Moving between cultural history, our digital present, and the biotic future, Kroker theorizes on the relationship between human bodies and posthuman technology, and more specifically, wonders if the body of work offered by thinkers like Heidegger, Marx, and Nietzsche is a part of our past or a harbinger of our technological future. Heidegger, Marx, and Nietzsche intensify our understanding of the contemporary cultural climate. Heidegger's vision posits an increasingly technical society before which we have become 'objectless objects'– driftworks in a 'culture of boredom.' In Marx, the disciplining of capital itself by the will to technology is a code of globalization, first announced as streamed capitalism. Nietzsche mediates between them, envisioning in the gathering shadows of technological society the emergent signs of a culture of nihilism. Like Marx, he insists on thinking of the question of technology in terms of its material signs.

In The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism, Kroker consistently enacts an invigorating and innovative vision, bringing together critical theory, art, and politics to reveal the philosophic apparatus of technoculture.

Arthur Kroker is the director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture, and Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture, and Theory at the University of Victoria.

'The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism makes a significant contribution, not only in its reflections on central figures in the Western tradition, but also in making a critical analysis of the current dynamics of our society ... This is a creative and innovative book on a topic of central importance that engages both the highest aspects of our philosophic tradition while confronting directly our society.'

David Cook, Department of Political Science, Victoria College, University of Toronto

'The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism is an intensely scholarly and passionate work. In addition to bringing the theories of Heidegger, Nietzsche and Marx to bear upon the ethical crisis of contemporary technology, it also exposes its readers to the possibilities of interpreting the complexities of our everyday worlds through the lens of critical social thought itself.'

Stephen Pfohl, Department of Sociology, Boston College