The Question Concerning Technology in China: An Essay in Cosmotechnics (2nd Edition)

October 29, 2020
The Question Concerning Technology in China: An Essay in Cosmotechnics (2nd Edition)

Heidegger’s critique of modern technology and its relation tometaphysics has been widely accepted in the East. Yet theconception that there is only one—originally Greek—type of technicshas been an obstacle to any original critical thinking oftechnology in modern Chinese thought.Yuk Hui argues for the urgency of imagining a specificallyChinese philosophy of technology capable of responding toHeidegger’s challenge, while problematizing the affirmation oftechnics and technologies as anthropologically universal.This investigation of the historical-metaphysical question oftechnology, drawing on Lyotard, Simondon, and Stiegler, andintroducing a history of modern Eastern philosophical thinkinglargely unknown to Western readers, including philosophers such asFeng Youlan, Mou Zongsan, and Keiji Nishitani, sheds new light onthe obscurity of the question of technology in China. Why wastechnics never thematized in Chinese thought? Why has time neverbeen a real question for Chinese philosophy? How was thetraditional concept of Qi transformed in its relation to Dao asChina welcomed technological modernity and westernization?In The Question Concerning Technology in China, asystematic historical survey of the major concepts of traditionalChinese thinking is followed by a startlingly originalinvestigation of these questions, in order to ask how Chinesethought might today contribute to a renewed, cosmotechnicalquestioning of globalized technics.