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Title: Adolf Portmann: the expressive function of technique
Authors: Tolone, Oreste
Keywords: Self-presentation
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Citation: Oreste Tolone, "Adolf Portmann: the expressive function of technique", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XIV (2012) 1, pp. 230-243
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XIV (2012) 1
Abstract: This essay focuses on the topic of technique in the thought of the well-known biologist, zoologist and anthropologist Adolf Portmann (1897-1982). First of all I’ll try to understand the biological and anthropological roots, that make a naturally-artificial (namely technical) being of a man. Then I’ll examine what kind of role and weight Portmann assignes to the technique, underlining risks and chances, closely linked to it, and showing the essentially expressive and self-expressive function of it. Finally I’ll specify the relationship between the development of technique in our society and the loss of the primary world: the aesthetic world of imagination.
ISSN: 1825-5167
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