Technology and Freedom: The Ontology of Martin Heidegger and Bruno Latour
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Due to the experience provided by modern technologies, humans come to expect control over the world of their experience. Modern technology is able to influence such fundamental human processes as reproduction, sustenance, and transportation. Its scope includes both the outside world and human nature. The philosophers Martin Heidegger and Bruno Latour share an ontological perspective, finding that such an expectation of control shows a mixture of external experience of the world and internal extrapolation from that claim. The two philosophers emphasize different parts of the cycle, however. Despite their criticisms of the milieu of modern technology, both philosophers find hope in carefully limited technical activity.