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Albert Borgmann on taming technology

For Albert Borgmann, philosophy is a way of taking up the questions that reside at the center of everyday lifequestions that are urgent but often inarticulate. The philosophy of technology, which has been the principal focus of his work since the mid-1970s, is about bringing to light and calling into question the technological shape and character of everyday life.

Borgmann is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he has taught since 1970. He was born and raised in Freiburg, Germany, in a Catholic household. At a relatively early age he was drawn to philosophy through his encounter with the lectures and writing of Martin Heidegger. Borgmann’s most recent book is Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology.


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