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Aristotle’s Conception Of Dunamis And Techne

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There is a tendency in recent continental philosophy to maintain, following Heidegger, that the form assumed by philosophy in our own time is that of techne. Aristotle was, according to this interpretation, the first thinker to fully formulate the concept of techne. The best Italian study of techne in Aristotle comes from quite a different cultural climate. It is Gianni Vattimo?s Il concetto di fare in Aristotele. Unfortunately his book on Aristotle did not receive, when it was published, the praise that was its due. But it was, and still is, the best introduction to Aristotle?s conception of techne and of art, and in this chapter the author draws upon it to a considerable extent. Aristotle?s conception of matter, and his use of the metaphysical concepts of privation and potency, allowed him to pose the problem of the capacity of natural materials to undergo artisanal transformations.

Keywords: Aristotle?s conception; Heidegger's philosophy; techne

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