Thinking as Craft: Heidegger and the Challenge of Modern Technology
Technique is something we generally associate with art or craft, with the way in which something is made, or how it is done. Painting a house, splitting wood, preparing a stew, even brushing one’s teeth—all of these activities involve a technique of one kind or another. Music differs from meringue, of course, just as portraiture differs from house painting. But, proper technique is as essential to one as to the other. Any good musician must master the necessary skills, or develop the proper technique, to ensure that the right notes are played or sung. Only then can he or she go on to play or sing musically. The same is true of the sculptor, who must know how to fashion the material— how to work the wood, clay, or marble—in order to realize her artistic aims. This knowledge cannot just be in her head. It must be in her fingers.
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