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Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology

Volume 20, Issue 2, 2016

Ihde and Husserl

Yoni Van Den Eede
Pages 105-111
DOI: 10.5840/techne201672752

Variations upon Ihde’s Husserl’s Missing Technologies

In his new book, Husserl’s Missing Technologies, Don Ihde provides yet another, and highly enriching, iteration of postphenomenology. My comments here concern a couple of observations that he makes along the way with regard to the “scientific” status of philosophy and the question of whether philosophies, like technologies, have “use-lifes.” These remarks actually pierce through to the core of the postphenomenological theoretical corpus. In particular, there are consequences for the concept of multistability that need to be discussed: Are some stabilities better than others? In asking that question, which deserves the most emphasis: actuality or potentiality? And to what extent is there a continuity between “ideas” (i.e., theories) and technologies?

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