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  A. Pavlenko. The Possibility of Technique. Part Three: Friedrich Dessauer’s Technical Project
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A. Pavlenko. The Possibility of Technique. Part Three: Friedrich Dessauer’s Technical Project

The paper continues the ongoing project under the common title ‘The Possibilty of Technique’ (Сf., e.g.: Pavlenko A., The possibility of Technique’s Existence: Outlook from Lavra and Voice from Marburg// History of Philosophy Yearbook’ 2002. M.: Nauka. 2003). The work analyses the views of the German thinker Friedrich Dessauer (1881 – 1963) on the essence of technology. Dessauer sees the source of the engineering approach to the world as a “union of virtue and knowledge”. It is shown that the human realm of technology is determined by aims (Ziel), whereas the realm of mechanisms – by purposes (Zweck), the aims going first. According to Dessauer, the “real” technical world is preset in the realm of the “possible” world – by some predetermined objects (prästabilierte Objecte). The extent of the possible is given by the “lawfulness” of technologies and gears. Dessauer also supposed that modern technology goes in full conformity with the spirit of Biblical values, in no way conflicting with it.