Blogging Borgmann: TCCL Chapter 23, “Focal Things and Practices” and the Character of Contemporary Life (TCCL) by Albert Borgmann. The chapter’s meditation on things and practices, with its thoughtfully selected and well-developed examples, appeals to those who might not know Borgmann’s . This article considers the question of technology and the good life. It argues for a strong thematic connection between Albert Borgmann’s thought and Japanese.

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Technology and the Good Life? Conditionality potential realities based on lawlike extrapolations of variable states of affairs is totally different from givenness what truly is. How are focal practices established?

Consider, for instance, the burden of preparing a meal and getting everyone to show up at the table and sit down. Instead, practitioners the runners themselves, for example have been the ones who have been witnesses of the focal power of these practices.

Focal Things and Focal Practices – Chicago Scholarship

For instance, does the alebrt family still play board games? Skip to content Advertisements. Nice image and well described in your post. Thus, technology may play a greater role in determining the character of the good life than any of the founders of the liberal democratic tradition imagined.

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A Proposal for Church in Society. As soon as you have crossed the threshold, the burden disappears.

Over the last twenty-five years, for example, certain customs have been in serious decline by many families: Thungs paper map, on the other hand, provide a conduit to the experience of hiking and walking through the landscape, and is part of cultural information. They engage our better sides: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The opinion of professionals in the communications world is divided. They are correlated to focal practices such as reading, reciting poetry, playing instruments, dining, walking, sporting activities, painting, sculpting, fishing, gardening, rock collecting, and so on.


Focal Things and Focal Practices

For Heidegger, this role of the temple—gathering in and disclosing the givenness of its surroundings—is central to art and historical existence. Brain scientists continue to verify this observation, underlining that how we learn is just as important as what we learn.

Why is reading so important to our minds and souls? For example, he writes: They come into being through either our explicit resolution or an implicit nurturing that becomes a solid custom.

Over the last twenty-five years, for example, certain customs have been in serious decline by many families:. Don’t have an account? Borgmann examines two in the course of the chapter: We continuously compensate for this unease by using more and more technologies. The large amount of time that can pass in the virtual world is also noticeable by anyone who has engaged it, as well as the resulting phenomenon of listlessness, boredom and irritability after these activities are finished.

It explains the intimate relationship between people, things and technological devices, defining most economic relations and also shapes social and moral relations in general.


The initial investment of effort — the “getting into” a book, acquiring the materials for the tree fort — is often a deterrent, yet that extra exertion to organize and enter into such activities is proportionate to the payoff.

Our technologies should be our tools, not our masters, putting the lie to McLuhan’s dictum “we make our tools and then our tools make us” — or at least minimizing that effect.

It took me some time to see that these 5 concepts are linked, with technological information being a demonstration of the trouble with the device paradigm, while natural and cultural information being part of focal things and practices more on these concepts below. It also represents the basic premise of the technological mentality: Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: Running is different than driving.

In the philosophy of technologythe device paradigm is the way ” technological devices ” are perceived and consumed in modern society, according to Albert Borgmann. Activities are embodied in persons—the dish and cook, the vegetable and gardener, etc… This meal is not characterized by consumption and anonymity.

The previous chapter took Nature as an intuitive source of helpful challenges to the technological paradigm. Technology and the Good Life?