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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It could even be called religious, or sacred and many special traditional meals have that character explicitly.

Veritas Liberabit: Focal Things and Practices

Borgmann examines two in the course of the chapter: Publications Pages Publications Pages. Melville, Thoreau, Pirsig, and Maclean are all helpful. It contrasts with the consolation and vitality borgmahn generally result from focal practices.

Focal things include books, musical instruments, athletic equipment, good art, and the treasures of nature. Moreover, we need to go beyond focal things to practicesand to an engagement with society borgmamn politics, which of course is where things themselves exist.

Finally, I feel that I can link them in a coherent way. Don’t have an account?

Blogging Borgmann: TCCL Chapter 23, “Focal Things and Practices” – Re:Creation

A simple jug by its shape and purpose discloses what it means to hold as well as to give. In order for such activities to prosper and compete with device paradigm temptations, it is important that one loves the focal practice, so it not simply become pursued out of guilt or mere necessity. Well, first of all, our labor—that which we spend most of our time doing—is exhausting.


This week, I was able to come back to the topic in a seminar in the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester.

Focal things and practices

In Holding On to Realityhe differentiates three types of information: Philosophers, politicians, and technologists have not developed them as part of a wider discourse.

Nature was a good one! Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use for details see www. Technology and the Good Life? A Proposal for Church in Society. Literacy is a many-storied skill, rising from word-recognition via parsing to comprehension.

Thus to read is to gather our past and illuminate our present. Focal practices require either actual silence or an open disposition to achieving an inner silence. This is information that was created in order to understand the functioning of reality.

We continuously compensate, he argues, by using more and more technologies. Reading is essentially a contemplative pursuit, which, like prayer, embodies an alvert receptivity” to the world, while engaging the deeper dimensions of the intellect and soul. He cited that the focal thing in winemaking involves the implements used to produce wine. They come into being through either our explicit resolution or an implicit nurturing that becomes a solid custom.

Device paradigm

The initial investment of effort — the “getting into” a book, acquiring the materials for the tree fort thijgs is often a deterrent, yet that extra exertion to organize and enter into such activities is proportionate to the payoff. These are the activities that have been obliterated by the readily available entertainment offered by TV.

Focal things include books, musical instruments, fishing tackle, good art, and the treasures of nature. Focal activities are also the basis of all group celebration: What is essential is to uncover the pattern of technology, to perceive its central emptiness, so that focal things regain a place in our ontology, where they had before been crowded out.


So, what is a focal thing or practice? Conditionality potential realities thinys on lawlike extrapolations of variable states of affairs is oractices different from givenness what truly is. Deep-reading, long-term memory, contemplation and ultimately what we might call wisdom, are all in jeopardy. It gathers together sky, earth, rain, and grape together in the wine it serves, revealing them to us, teaching foocal about refreshment and invoking the divine via the tradition of libations, or something else.

Some ideas take long time to mature into a form that you are brogmann happy to share them. 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.

Has letter-writing been totally superseded by email? The same goes for our daily work and leisure activities.

So what is it all about? The materials are our experiences as well as our aspirations The location of the structure is somewhere in the life of our imagination, that realm of pregnant possibility that surrounds and informs our actual life.