Blogging Borgmann: TCCL Chapter 23, “Focal Things and Practices” and the Character of Contemporary Life (TCCL) by Albert Borgmann. The chapter’s meditation on things and practices, with its thoughtfully selected and well-developed examples, appeals to those who might not know Borgmann’s . This article considers the question of technology and the good life. It argues for a strong thematic connection between Albert Borgmann’s thought and Japanese.

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But they cannot substitute for one another, and if one expands, the other must shrink. Has letter-writing been totally superseded by email? The convenience is almost irresistible, for as Borgmann writes, “the promise of technology is one of material and social liberty, the promise of disburdenment from the pains and limits of things and the claims and foibles of humans.

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practcies This Is My Racism. This is an example for such thing. In Holding On to Realityhe differentiates three types of information: Reading is essentially a contemplative pursuit, which, like prayer, embodies an “active receptivity” to the world, while engaging the deeper dimensions of the intellect and soul.

The opinion of professionals in the communications world is divided. Or the burden of letter-writing —gathering our thoughts, setting them down in a way that will be remembered and cherished and perhaps passed on to our grandchildren.


He picks these in part because he believes that we have all experienced in some way or another the feeling of a run or at least a brisk walkand a simple good meal at home in the presence of good company, and that we will understand the contrast between them and sitting indoors for weeks, or grabbing a quick meal from a fast-food chain. A Proposal for Church in Society.

It is a focal activity that collects our world as a convex lens does and radiates back into our world as does a concave mirror. Thus to read is to gather our past and illuminate our present. A place where there is respite from the striving for consumption and a restoration of the depth of the world.

Natural information is defined as information about reality: Now for the next stage — turning this into a paper…. Publications Pages Publications Pages.

Borgmann examines two in the course of the chapter: That, in the final analysis, is the ultimate criterion. Conditionality potential realities based on lawlike extrapolations of variable states of affairs is totally different from givenness what truly is.

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Technology in society Concepts in social philosophy Philosophy of technology. Views Read Edit View history. In sum, focal practices are essential to counteract the pattern of technology and to guard focal things from extinction.


They are correlated to focal practices such as reading, reciting poetry, playing instruments, dining, walking, sporting activities, painting, sculpting, fishing, gardening, rock collecting, and so on. Moral Fragments and Moral Community: Technological eating is divided into form and function; in a festive thinbs meal, eating once again engages us fully. In the end, the question should be, do our gadgets assist or detract from our primary vocation in life — do they help us be people who love and serve.

Focal things and practices

Practices remind us that focal goods, far from being delivered automatically whenever we engage in the practice, are hard-won, and all the more satisfying for remaining in the practice despite difficulty or long seasons without apparent advancement. This is information that was created in order to understand the functioning of reality.

Borgmann acknowledges that in the course of any meal there is an element of sheer consumption. Finally, I feel that I can link them in a coherent way.

These are the activities that have been obliterated by the readily available entertainment offered by TV. Melville, Practiecs, Pirsig, and Maclean are all helpful. They come into being through either our explicit resolution or an implicit nurturing that becomes a solid custom.