Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Technology

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[Autom. eng. transl.] In a general sense, the term "technical" refers to a set of rules aimed at directing productive activity. In its original Greek matrix, "téchne" meant any "art" understood as a set of rules dictated by experience and study apt to guide a human activity. The history of the Western concept but also that of the Chinese equivalent ideogram, originating from the symbol of the crossroads and signifier "art", "mystery", "process", indicate a common origin where art, religion, magic and rational knowledge reconstruct the meaning the unity of all things. The term téchne "and the Latin word" ars "coined to translate it have indicated, up until the humanist-Renaissance age, the ability to make direct from a precise knowledge of the rules. If with the modern age the terms" technical "and" art "began to divide with the clarification of the concept and the theory of the so-called" fine arts ", the myth of the technique seemed to be able to feed again to the nascent, impetuous scientific revolution. A profound philosophical and sociological question on the technique developed in the 900 following the world conflicts and the use of the technique to plan and execute mass exterminations.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Technology
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationL'enciclopedia della filosofia e delle scienze umane
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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