My discourse proceeds in the following way: each term is sustained only in its topological relation with the others.

Jacques Lacan | Book XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis

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LX:4 | Questioning Builds A Way

In what follows we shall be questioning concerning technology.  Questioning builds a way.  We would be advised, therefore, above all to pay heed to the way, and not to fix our attention on isolated sentences and topics.  The way is a way of thinking.  All ways of thinking, more or less perceptibly, lead through language in a manner that is extraordinary.  We shall be questioning concerning technology, and in so doing we should like to prepare a free relationship to it.  The relationship will be free if it opens our human existence to the essence of technology.1  When we can respond to this essence, we shall be able to experience the technological within its own bounds. (3-4)

[1] "Essence" is the traditional translation of the German noun Wesen.  One of Heidegger's principal aims in this essay is to seek the true meaning of essence through or by way of the "correct" meaning.  He will later show that Wesen does not simply mean what something is, but that it means, further, the way in which something pursues its course, the way in which it remains though time as what it is. 


Heidegger, Martin. The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays.  Trans. William Lovitt.  Garland Publishing 1977. 

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