The Hand: A Philosophical Inquiry into Human Being

The Hand: A Philosophical Inquiry into Human Being

by Raymond Tallis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 074861737X

ISBN-13: 9780748617371

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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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ISBN-13:
9780748617371
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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