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Response to [Industrial Design Insight: …] by Wylant


This paper introduces Heidegger’s theory of ‘essence of technology’ more from the perspective of industrial design, followed by a discussion of the implication of such theory concerning the industrial design area.

“This paper offers an interpretation of Heidegger’s discussion on technology with a view to using this insight to explore the relationship between this and the activity of industrial design”


The four-fold causality

  • causa materialis (material)
  • causa formalis (form)
  • causa finalis (end use)
  • causa efficiens (method of making)


“the word causa is linked to an idea of indebtedness, where the result is seen as indebted to the occurrence of the cause, semantically a subtle but useful differentiation from mere cause and effect”


“The causality thus occurs in an event called the ‘bringing-to-forth’ or poiesis in the ancient Greenk …”

Techne and Episteme

Both words are used to describe “knowing in the widest sense”


Enframing is about revealing essence of technology in an exclusive way that people’s views or behaviors are affected or framed.


Praxis is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted or practiced, embodied and/or realized. “Praxis” may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praxis_%28process%29).


Making use of the enframing characteristic of technology to foster or encourage good behavior or countering bad ones.


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