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  Alexandre Mikhailovsky. Myth, History and Technology: Ernst Jünger’s Meditations at «the Wall of Time»
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Alexandre Mikhailovsky. Myth, History and Technology: Ernst Jünger’s Meditations at «the Wall of Time»

The German writer and philosopher Ernst Jünger (1895–1998) is well-known for his politico-philosophical essay The Worker (1932) and enjoys the reputation of a theorist of the “Conservative Revolution” who influenced Martin Heidegger’s philosophy. As far as Jünger’s later period is concerned, however, there is a certain gap in the academic bibliography dedicated to his work. Following World War II Ernst Jünger significantly modified his “heroic-realistic” position regarding technology towards a more ecologically oriented stance. He promoted the criticism of technocratic modernity and thus contributed to the philosophical speculation on technology in the second half of the 20th century. This paper offers an analysis of Jünger’s essay “At the Wall of Time” (1959) which deals with such problems as the end of history, the overcoming of nihilism and the individual freedom in the era of the global technical revolution.

 

Keywords: German philosophy of technics, conservative revolution, modernity, mythos, philosophy of history, geophilosophy, E. Jünger, F.G. Jünger, G. Anders