Of Art and Wisdom: Plato's Understanding of Techne (Paperback)
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Of Art and Wisdom: Plato's Understanding of Techne (Paperback)

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Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 09/12/1998
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The Greek word techne, typically translated as "art, " but also as "craft, " "skill, " "expertise, " "technical knowledge, " and even "science, " has been decisive in shaping our "technological" culture. Here David Roochnik comprehensively analyzes Plato's treatment of this crucial word. Roochnik maintains that Plato's understanding of both the goodness of techne, as well as its severe limitations and consequent need to be supplemented by "nontechnical" wisdom, can speak directly to our own concerns about t troubling impact technology has had on contemporary life.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271018416
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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"Roochnik has written the most thorough book yet about the techne analogy as the model for knowledge in Greek thinking. He forces a reconfiguration and rethinking of the entire debate about the place of the techne analogy in Plato's thought. This is an important, provocative book."

--Drew Hyland, Trinity College


"Many scholars have long suspected that Plato never sought a techne of virtue, but no one prior to Roochnik has done the hard work necessary to overcome the weight of orthodox opinion on this matter. Roochnik shows that we who live in an age enamored of things technical have much to learn from the ancient Greeks about techne itself. His important book provides us with a timely occasion to rethink what we know and the ways in which we know it."

--Jacob A. Howland, University of Tulsa

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