Powers of the Rational

Science, Technology, and the Future of Thought
Dominique Janicaud, edited by Translated by Peg Birmingham and Elizabeth Birmingham. Dominique Janicaud
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/22/1995
ISBN: 978-0-253-11437-2
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One of the best presentations to date of continental contributions to debates on rationality." —Stephen H. Watson

Inspired by Heidegger, Janicaud insightfully brings out the absurdities, paradoxes, and enigmas of [the scientific-technological] conception of the rational and urges the world to confront the dark forces of scientific-technological rationality in order to avoid total dehumanization and possibly extinction.... The translation is faithful and elegant." —Choice

Janicaud addresses the menacing explosion of power in contemporary life. He combines a phenomenology of power with a genealogy of rationality to investigate the role of rationality in linking science and technology to power.

Author Bio

DOMINIQUE JANICAUD is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nice. His publications include L'ombre de cette pensee: Heidegger et la question politique and Le tournant theologique de la phenomenologie francaise. PEG BIRMINGHAM is Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is the author of articles on Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, and Michel Foucault. ELIZABETH BIRMINGHAM studied at the University of Freiburg and at the Centre de Linguistique Appliquee, Besancon.

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““One of the best presentations to date of continental contributions to debates on rationality.” —Stephen H. Watson “Inspired by Heidegger, Janicaud insightfully brings out the absurdities, paradoxes, and enigmas of [the scientific-technological] conception of the rational and urges the world to confront the dark forces of scientific-technological rationality in order to avoid total dehumanization and possibly extinction. . . . The translation is faithful and elegant.” —Choice Janicaud addresses the menacing explosion of power in contemporary life. He combines a phenomenology of power with a genealogy of rationality to investigate the role of rationality in linking science and technology to power.”

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English Translation

Introduction

Part I: Impotence in the Face of Power
1. Facing the Incalculable
2. Power in Its Effects
3. The Ruses of Techicism
4. Jonas in the System

Part II: What Power for the Rational?
5. The Phases of Potentialization
6. Science between Power and Alliance
7. From Absolute Power to Contiguity
8. Rationality as Partage

Part III: Of Rationality and the Enigma

Notes
Index