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essence of being as “absolute position,” as the positedness and positionhood of the object, i.e., of what presences.21

Positionality—spoken as the thoughtful name of the essence of technology and not as the otherwise current word, named superficially with the derogatory tone of something adverse—says: technology is no mere product of culture and no mere manifestation of civilization. According to its essence, technology, reigning of its own accord, is the gathering of positioning in the sense of a requisitioning into standing reserve of all that presences. The basic characteristic of this ordering positioning, however, essences in that pursuit in which beyng itself pursues its own essence with the forgetting of this essence.22 Beyng itself essences, insofar as it turns away from its essence, in that it turns to this essence with the forgetfulness of it.




21. but posited by whom? the human subject? by what right? Translator’s Note: Cf. Immanuel Kant, “Der einzig mögliche Beweisgrund zu einer Demonstration des Dasein Gottes,” in Vorkritische Schriften II: 1757–1777, vol. 2 of Kants gesammelte Schriften, ed. Königlich Preußischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Berlin: Georg Reimer, 1912), 63–163, 73. English translation: Immanuel Kant, “The only possible argument in support of a demonstration of the existence of God,” in Theoretical Philosophy 1755–1770, ed. and trans. David Walford with Ralf Meerbote (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), 107–201, 119.

22. Why? How to think this from the event of appropriation?


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