Authentic existence in the age of technique?




original temporality, Ereignis, authentic existence, inauthentic existence, technique, age of technique, serenity


In his early writings, Heidegger argues that existence fluctuates between an authentic and an inauthentic mode of being. One of the differences of these modes of existence is the way in which time is experienced in each other. This paper aims to propose a link between these notions of temporality and, in the light of that link, to determine the main features of the authentic mode of being in the age of technique. To achieve this goal, I analyze a quote from Borges in order to sketch out how we can think a relationship between the two notions of temporality. Once the relationship has been sketched, I will review some of Heidegger's theses on the epoch of technique that offer us the tools to reflect on the nuances that authentic existence adopts in our epoch. This article aims to think on how a relationship between the two notions of temporality could be considered and, considering this link, the features that the authentic existence could acquire in the age of technique. In that sense, I suggest that serenity can be conceived as the way in which authentic existence acts. Serenity is not the passivity of man versus technique, but a way of responding to the occurrence of being, a genuine way of acting according to the time.

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Author Biography

Claudia Marcela Gómez Herrera, National University of Colombia

She studied Philosophy at the Universidad Libre de Colombia where she was a fellow and graduated with meritorious mention in 2009. She completed a Master's degree in Philosophy at the National University of Colombia and graduated in 2016; she is currently pursuing her doctorate studies at the same university. She took different courses at the Instituto Caro and Cuervo, such as Latin, Greek, a diploma in Literature and Culture, and a writing and proofreading workshop. She worked as a teacher between 2009-2016 for the Francisco de Paula Santander University (CREAD, semi-face-to-face modality). She published the articles: De la amistad a la política y a una política de la amistad (2012) and Pasión tiránica por el lenguaje (2007) in the Colombian Journal of Philosophy Sin Fundamento.


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How to Cite

Gómez Herrera, C. M. (2020). Authentic existence in the age of technique?. Estudios De Filosofía, (61), 167–185.

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