Albert Borgmann is an American philosopher,
specializing in the philosophy of technology.
He appears in the film Being in the World.
Borgmann was born 1937 in Freiburg, Germany and currently serves as a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana. His published books include Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life, Crossing the Postmodern Divide, and Holding onto Reality.
Following a Heideggerian viewpoint, Borgmann introduced the notion of the device paradigm to explain what constitutes technology’s essence loosely based on Heidegger’s notion of Gestell (enframing). For Borgmann technology is something to be overcome, and religion seems to be humanity’s saving grace. Crossing the Postmodern Divide (1992) is a techno-religious book characterized in terms of hyperreality and hyperactivity. Hyperactivity is described as a pathological syndrome of the child and workaholic. Borgmann extends hyperactivity to society as a whole, and defines it as “a state of mobilization where the richness and variety of social and cultural pursuits, and the natural pace of daily life, have been suspended to serve a higher, urgent cause.”