This paper examines the understanding of technology represented in the realm of danish politics. Four policy papers with different views on technology - from a governmental, a municipal, an educational and labour perspective - are analysed in order to gain an understanding of what assumptions and perceptions, that lies at the heart of the implementation of technologies originating from the fourth industrial revolution. The paper finds that the four policy papers can be interpreted through a common narrative called - the political perception of technology. This perception expresses Halpern et al.’s (2017) concept of smartness, which is based on an idea of optimizing society and creating resilient populations, ever evolving to changing crises. The paper critically examines the political perception of technology (understood as the concept of smartness) through the works of Martin Heidegger (1977) and Herbert Marcuse (1969) and with Bruno Latour (1999) contributing as a theoretical counterpart. The paper finds that the premise of the four policy papers can be seen as a representation of das Gestell and the technological rationality - which in light of Heidegger and Marcuse can be seen as fundamentally problematic. Despite of this discovery and thus following the leads from Heidegger and Marcuse the paper tries to engage in a more enriched relation to modern technology. This evolves primarily around thought - understood as dwelling for Heidegger and reason and critique for Marcuse, and secondly around art - as poetic habitation and two-dimensionality. This approach offers a solution to the problem of technology by allowing humans to live in accordance with their human existence and nature, and to be liberated from the irrational constraints of modern society.
|Uddannelser||Filosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Vejledere||Martin Ejsing Christensen|
- philosophy of technology
- fourth industrial revolution
- Smartness Mandate
- Question Concerning Technology
- Det en-dimensionale menneske