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Art Phenomenon and Anthropology of 'Toolness' 804
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.
Keywords: tool, toolness, rationality, mediation, art, imagination , existence, culture
Column: Discussions and Discourses