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Re: Philosophical Perly Queues - On techne

by Heidegger (Hermit)
on Apr 17, 2003 at 05:59 UTC ( [id://251138]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Philosophical Perly Queues

A continuation of not so sucsessful start of going into philosophy of technology ...

The term techne, from which we derive 'technology' in ancient Greek denoted the unique ability of a member of a community make things to benefit the collective, such as effective shelters. A skilled person's techne was his identity within a community: "the house-builder," "the potter." By Plato's time the term came to denote standardization, in other words, the ability to measure and to discern excellence in made things. Techne became divorced from the technites, the maker of things. It came to mean a pulling-apart instead of a putting-together. In this way, our understanding of technology, which was once holistic, came to be fragmented and pulled-apart.

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Re^2: Philosophical Perly Queues (more on techne)
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Apr 18, 2003 at 03:12 UTC

    On an interesting aside, techne is probably most accurately translated as “craft” and also means “art” and “profession”. There are no different words for these terms in Greek. Even though some other words are used for “profession”, it is only techne which refers to the profession as the whole of knowledge and skills required by a specific job.

    What’s noteworthy is how therefore in ancient Greek, someone’s job is also his art, and vice versa.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

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