Technology and Being: A Discussion of Their Metaphysical Significance
Theodore John Rivers
Independent, Forest Hills, USA.
DOI: 10.4236/ahs.2015.41005   PDF    HTML   XML   3,571 Downloads   4,355 Views   Citations


This paper discusses the relationship between various metaphysical ideas associated with technology and the concept of being, notably in reference to the becoming of being, which is a description for change. And change influences technology in many ways when expressed through the mode and manifestation of its being. As a mode of being, technology is the means or manner by which we do anything. Consequently, mode is an effect of action as well as a cause for other actions yet to occur. As a manifestation of being, technology becomes the predominant way in which humanity presents itself to the world. Since we have aligned our being with technology, and have even on many occasions sublimated ourselves to it, it may be argued that our relationship with technology is simply a revelation of our desire to be.

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Rivers, T. (2015) Technology and Being: A Discussion of Their Metaphysical Significance. Advances in Historical Studies, 4, 43-50. doi: 10.4236/ahs.2015.41005.

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