Aristotle and Happiness - The Pursuit of Happiness
Enjoying "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles
In his later writings on technology, which mainly concern us in this essay, Heidegger draws attention to technology’s place in bringing about our decline by constricting our experience of things as they are. He argues that we now view nature, and increasingly human beings too, only technologically — that is, we see nature and people only as raw material for technical operations. Heidegger seeks to illuminate this phenomenon and to find a way of thinking by which we might be saved from its controlling power, to which, he believes, modern civilization both in the communist East and the democratic West has been shackled. We might escape this bondage, Heidegger argues, not by rejecting technology, but by perceiving its danger.
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Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) numbers among the greatestphilosophers of all time. Judged solely in terms of his philosophicalinfluence, only Plato is his peer: Aristotle’s works shaped centuriesof philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and eventoday continue to be studied with keen, non-antiquarian interest. Aprodigious researcher and writer, Aristotle left a great body of work,perhaps numbering as many as two-hundred treatises, from whichapproximately thirty-one survive. His extant writings span a wide range ofdisciplines, from logic, metaphysics and philosophy of mind, throughethics, political theory, aesthetics and rhetoric, and into suchprimarily non-philosophical fields as empirical biology, where heexcelled at detailed plant and animal observation and description. In all these areas, Aristotle’s theories have providedillumination, met with resistance, sparked debate, and generallystimulated the sustained interest of an abiding readership.