Die Hand und die Technik. Eine Fundamentalcheirologie


The church cleric Gregor von Nyssa celebrated the evolution of the hand as a bequest to the mouth and lips. Liberated from the compulsory, primordial pursuit of food, it can now devote itself to the functions of speech and rationality. The modern age has set about disencumbering he hand in an ever-expanding machine park. Elation, however, has been muted. If the hand no longer serves the mouth but the machine, isn't the association to the state of being human lost? The modern age in conspicuous insistence, rejects the storm of technology, evolution and the animality of the human prerogative by meditating on the future fate of the hand.

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Schneider, Manfred: Die Hand und die Technik. Eine Fundamentalcheirologie. In: ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Jg. 1 (2010), Nr. 1, S. 183-200. DOI:
 author = {Schneider, Manfred},
 title = {Die Hand und die Technik. Eine Fundamentalcheirologie},
 year = 2010,
 doi = "\url{}",
 volume = 1,
 address = {Hamburg},
 journal = {ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung},
 number = 1,
 pages = {183--200},
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