This essay can be read either as a complete misunderstanding of Heidegger’s “The Question Concerning Technology,” or as an unnecessary refutation of ‘essential thinking’ scarcely fit for an add on a cereal box. There is probably not much middle ground between these two views, which either testifies to the relative competence of the author, or to his total imbecility. Such is the bind in which one finds oneself while simultaneously presenting and criticizing the later Heidegger. The reader is left to judge for himself or herself the results of the efforts made here.
In what follows, Richard Rojcewicz’s unpublished translation of “Die Frage nach dem Technik” was used as the principle text, with corresponding page numbers scaled to the existing Lovitt translation in The Question Concerning Technology and other Essays. As a faithful (but for one trivial disagreement) interpretive essay, Rojcewicz’s book The Gods and Technology: A Reading of Heidegger is unreservedly recommended as the clearest, most honest, and most plausible interpretation Heidegger’s thoughts on technology—or for that matter, as the best book this author has read, or can imagine reading, on the later Heidegger in general. Although he is sure Dr. Rojcewicz would entirely disavow the effect, reading that book lead directly to the conclusions the current author draws here.