Art Phenomenon and Anthropology of 'Toolness'



This essay addresses the problem of creativity of man as homo instrumentalis, i.e. as the subject of tool-mediated activity. The analysis focuses on the phenomenon of typologically personified joining of artistic and meditative attitude to practically significant tool-mediated activity. Acting as a specific link between a person and the world, a tool at the same time isolates him/her in a situation of closed practice ('a tool capsule'). The function of the artistic imagination and philosophical reflection is actually in opening, 'uncorking' this 'capsule' in a way that would enable one to get involved in an integrated and creative contact with existence and him/herself as well.

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Keywords: tool, toolness, rationality, mediation, art, imagination , existence, culture

Journal rubric: Discussions and Discourses

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Vizgin V.P. Art Phenomenon and Anthropology of 'Toolness'. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2007. Vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 35–40. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

Information About the Authors

Viktor P. Vizgin, Doctor of Philosophy, Leading Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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