A Comparative Analysis Of Albert Borgmann's Device Paradigm

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This chapter presents the main concept of the thesis, the “Device Paradigm.” Chapter two offers the answer to the first and second sub-problems of the study. It inquires, why does the “Device Paradigm” replace man’s identity? How does this so-called “Device Paradigm” affect human relationships today?
Borgmann established his theory of technology by looking at the postmodern society, particularly on how the human mind began to discover and invent new technologies to ease human suffering of toil and labor. Furthermore, he also elaborated that the rise of information is one of the factors why the pattern of living changed drastically from century to century and thus continuously breaking direct human relationships.
In this manner, technology is not only bought as a commodity but also a means to an end in achieving the ‘hyper’ society. Hyper-reality, hyper-activity, and hyper-intelligence are marks of the “perfect world” of virtuality.
2.1 Device Paradigm The “Device Paradigm” is coined by Albert Borgmann as his way of understanding technological inclination of the postmodern society. In order to understand the culture of today, he emphasizes the division between things turning into commodities and machineries. “In a device, the relatedness of the world is replaced by machinery,” followed by the consequence of concealment of the effects of technology and the rise of availability of machinery as a mere commodity that restrains things, enabling the device to be “enjoyed without
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