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Understood as techne, art-making, like all other cultural accomplishments, is a form of work performed by an artisan who has inherited the know-how of previous generations of artisans. Along the way, Techne Theory cuts through the humanist-structuralist impasse over the question of artistic agency and explains what 'form' really means.
Part One: Fundamentals
Chapter 1: Introduction: The Techne Standpoint
Chapter 2: Art and Evolution
Chapter 3: The Artist's Touch
Part Two: Origins in Greek Philosophy
Chapter 4: How Plato (Despite Himself) Invented Techne Theory
Chapter 5: From Aristotle to Extended Mind
Part Three: Where Do Poems Come From?
Chapter 6: A Romantic View: Seamus Heaney
Chapter 7: Excursus on the Nature of Language
Chapter 8: An Anti-Romantic View: Paul Valery
Part Four: Studies in Modernist Techne
Chapter 9: T. J. Clark's Picasso
Chapter 10: What's Radical About Radical Painting?
Chapter 11: The Techne of Kafka's Metamorphosis
Part Five: Techne Metatheory
Chapter 12: Universal Design Space and the Lines of Force
Original contribution to contemporary aesthetics that draws on a combination of traditional philosophical ideas and contemporary materialist and theoretical approaches.