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ERIC Number: ED251394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Pages: 18
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The Greek Concept of "Techne."
Byrum, C. Stephen
The Greek concept of techne can aid in understanding technological society and the way it can generate a separation of business and personal lives. As used by the early Greeks, techne mean the knowledge required to get the job done. The "manager" of today epitomizes this early concept. He is trained to get the job done efficiently, economically, and rapidly. As a result, management can take on a life of its own and managers can lose touch with their personal values. The Greeks, however, quickly saw the inadequacies of the concept. Obssessed with wholeness and concerned with telos, or the "end" of a matter, they added an ethical and aesthetic dimension to their early definition. Techne came to mean not only understanding how to get the job done but also how the skill could be integrated with being a good citizen. Aristotle further defined techne to include a moral dimension. At each state in the development of the concept from basic know-how to general community implication to specific moral concern, education was of prime importance. Education today, especially the humanities, can play a role in helping our techonological society take on the more humane qualities of the evolved concept of techne. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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