Borgmann's Device Paradigm, The Thing And The Device

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Borgmann’s Device Paradigm The Thing and the Device is central to Borgmann’s idea of the Deice Paradigm. In examining the Thing and the Device we can find deep insight into other areas of our world. After examining the differences between the Device and the Thing I will attempt to apply the Device Paradigm to the family garden. Devices do not impose burdens on us. As Borgmann says, “Goods that are available to us enrich our lives and, if they are technologically available, they do so without imposing burdens on us” (41). A gas fire place is an example of a device because the gas fire place does not burden the user. A switch on the wall turns the fire place on and regulates the heat output. The wood is replaced by fiberglass or some type of simulation of the real wood it is replacing. The heat that comes from the stove feels natural and comforting, but the heat is unfamiliar and distant for the user. The user does not produce the fire. A turn of a switch on the wall produces the flame. The lack of burden flip of a switch. The device separates us from the end by the machinery. Borgmann states, “Machinery is a means, of course, and it is a mere means” (63). Once again this machinery is unfamiliar and variable. The fire has become a means only from the machinery that makes the fire. The user does not understand the process the machinery takes to create the fire. The numerous pipes and electrical circuits are not easy to understand. One almost needs a doctorate degree to…
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