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Alpha (Osorno)

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DE BRAVO DELORME, Cristián. The meaning of poiesis in Plato's Symposium: A contribution to the problem of technique essence. Alpha [online]. 2014, n.38, pp.227-242. ISSN 0718-2201.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22012014000100015.

According to the historical context of technological society, it seems urgent to consider the unusual scope and the ethical issues raised by the present technological provocation, which lead to questioning the productive provocation which man exerts over nature. Nevertheless before such questioning takes place, it is necessary to access the primary essence of technique. This paper sets a path for the comprehension of technique starting from the meaning of ποíησις based on Plato’s ideas. In his work "Symposium", technique emerges as τέχνη, which instead of exerting a provocative production, depends on the provocation of nature.

Keywords : Plato; Technique; Beauty; Fulfilling; Eros.

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