The Hand: A Philosophical Inquiry into Human Being

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Overview


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: 3/24/2004
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 991,056
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Tallis is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Grasping the Hand 21
2 The Armed Hand 47
3 The Talking Hand 72
4 Hand Talking to Hand 111
5 The Playful Hand 135
6 One-Finger Exercises 157
7 Polydactylic Exercises 173
8 Abstract Digits 195
9 The Tool of Tools 218
App Karl Marx and the Collectivisation of Human Consciousness in Tools 258
10 Getting a Grip on the Conscious Human Agent 263
11 Waving Farewell to the Hand 315
Index 353
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