The Hand: A Philosophical Inquiry into Human Being

The Hand: A Philosophical Inquiry into Human Being

by Raymond Tallis
     
 

What are the origins of human difference? The Hand, which is the first part of a bold philosophical inquiry into the nature of the difference between human beings and other animals, argues that it is the result of a complex sequence of events which began several million years ago with the evolution of the human hand.Possession of a fully developed hand profoundly

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What are the origins of human difference? The Hand, which is the first part of a bold philosophical inquiry into the nature of the difference between human beings and other animals, argues that it is the result of a complex sequence of events which began several million years ago with the evolution of the human hand.Possession of a fully developed hand profoundly transformed the relationship of the human being to its own body, thus altering the relationship between humans and the natural world. The interaction of the hand with the rest of the body brought about self-consciousness and laid the foundations for the unique sense of agency that is experienced by humans. Crucially, the hand inspired the tool-use that has come to dominate human life and which has led to the emergence of the complex symbolic systems - most importantly language - that underpin civilisation.The book also celebrates the hand in human life: the almost miraculous complexity of its manipulative, exploratory and communicative func

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748617388
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
03/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Grasping the Hand21
2The Armed Hand47
3The Talking Hand72
4Hand Talking to Hand111
5The Playful Hand135
6One-Finger Exercises157
7Polydactylic Exercises173
8Abstract Digits195
9The Tool of Tools218
AppKarl Marx and the Collectivisation of Human Consciousness in Tools258
10Getting a Grip on the Conscious Human Agent263
11Waving Farewell to the Hand315
Index353

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