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The Hand: A Philosophical Inquiry into Human Being [Paperback]

Raymond Tallis
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Table of Contents

Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Overture; 1 Grasping the Hand; 1.1 Preliminary Grapplings; 1.2 The Manipulative Hand; 1.3 The Knowing Hand; 1.4 The Communicative Hand; 1.5 From Prehension to Apprehension; Part I Brachio-Chiral; 2 The Armed Hand; 2.1 Two Fingers to Over-digitisation; 2.2 The Genius of Reaching; 2.3 Mechanism and Agency; 3 The Talking Hand; 3.1 Introduction: The Sign-making Animal; 3.2 Gesturing; 3.3 Clapping and Other Hand Shouting; 3.4 Handsome; 4 Hand Talking to Hand; 4.1 Manucaption; 4.2 The Dialogue of the Left Hand with the Right; 4.3 The Interlocutors; 4.4 The Hand Talking to its Self or the Self; 5 The Playful Hand; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 The Carnal Hand; 5.3 Hand Games; 5.4 Post-script: Handy (like); Part II Chiro-Digital; 6 One-finger Exercises; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Thumb; 6.3 Index; 6.4 Middle; 6.5 Ring; 6.6 Little; 7 Polydactylic Exercises; 7.1 Introduction: The Ordeal of Precision; 7.2 Two Fingers; 7.3 Three Fingers; 7.4 Four Fingers; 7.5 Five Fingers; 7.6 Ten Fingers; 8 Abstract Digits; 8.1 Introduction and Disclaimer; 8.2 The Number Sense: From Magnitudes to Digits; 8.3 Digits and Digits; 8.4 Units: From Counting to Measurement; 8.5 The Unreasonable Power of the Precision of Abstract Digits; 9The Tool of Tools; 9.1 Prologue: The Self-shaping Hand; 9.2 Tool-using, Tool-making and the Tool of Tools; 9.3 Tools and the Origin of Human Culture; 9.4 Eolith and SuperCray; 9.5 Tools and Language; 9.6 Brain, Tools and Language; 9.7 Beyond Biology and Biologism; 9.8 Epilogue: Handicraft; Appendix: Karl Marx and the Collectivisation of; Human Consciousness in Tools; Part III Towards Chiro-Philosophy; 10 Getting and Grip on the Conscious Human Agent; 10.1 Recapitulation; 10.2 The Dawn of the Conscious Human Agent; 10.3 From Biology to Philosophical Anthropology; Coda; 11 Waving Farewell to the Hand; 11.1 Introduction; 11.2 The Paradox of Handyman: (1) Part of; and Separate from Nature; 11.3 The Paradox of the Handyman: (2) Subject to and Yet Manipulating Nature's Laws; 11.4 The Balance Sheet: (1) Knowledge. Does the Hand Grasp the Truth?; 11.5 The Balance Sheet: (2) Moral and Spiritual; 11.6 Handing On; 11.7 A Last Wave Farewell; Index.

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