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Spirited Away meets Heidegger: We killed the gods with technology

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  1. mrbig
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    A link between the German existentialist Martin Heidegger and Japanese mainstream animator and author of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki, seems unlikely. But they share a recurring theme — the relationship between humans and nature. In Miyazaki’s animes, this relationship is mediated through technology which threatens the sacredness in nature. But despite the human-nature conflicts, Miyazaki is optimistic, and surprisingly close to Heidegger’s thoughts in his later works.

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  2. cardigan
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    An English translation of the Der Spiegel interview -- which Heidegger only permitted to be published after his death -- is available here. It's the source of his remarks on the reappearance of...

    An English translation of the Der Spiegel interview -- which Heidegger only permitted to be published after his death -- is available here. It's the source of his remarks on the reappearance of "the god[s]."