Ciencia, técnica y vida en la filosofía de Michel Henry

Translated title of the contribution: Science, technique, and life in Michel Henry’s philosophy

Myriam Díaz Erbetta, Ronald Durán Allimant

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In this article we present and analyse the relations between science, technique, and life in the French philosopher Michel Henry (1922-2002)’s thought. First, we present the role Henry assigns to modern science as an agent of geometrisation of the world, leading to the detachment from life and subjectivity, and rising up the modern technique or technology. Second, following Henry’s ideas, we characterize this modern technique as applied science based on automatic machines which autonomise from the human being, and constituting the concreate realization of the scientific objective knowledge. Lastly, we analyse what Henry calls original Technique, which he defines as Bodily-ownness and Praxis of Subjectivity, and it is expressed in instruments and the human work. These analyses allow us to glimpse a “philosophy of technique” in Henry, we believe could be included in the tradition of the “classical philosophy of technology” (along the lines of authors such as Heidegger and Ellul).

Translated title of the contributionScience, technique, and life in Michel Henry’s philosophy
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)77-96
Number of pages20
Issue number54
StatePublished - Apr 2023


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