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In Ancient Greek philosophy, techne (Greek: τέχνη, romanizedtékhnē, lit.'craft, art'; Ancient Greek[tékʰnɛː], Modern Greek[ˈtexni] (listen)) is a philosophical concept that refers to making or doing,[1] Technē is similar to the concept of epistēmē in the implication of knowledge of principles. However, Aristotle distinguishes clearly between the two,[2][3] and even Plato seems to draw a distinction between them in some of his dialogues.[3] Richard Parry (2003) writes that Aristotle believed technē aims for good and forms an end, which could be the activity itself or a product formed from the activity.[3] Aristotle used health as an example of an end that is produced from the techne of medicine. To make a distinction between technē and arete, he said the value of technē is the end product while arete values choosing the action that promotes the best moral good.


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  2. ^ Aristotle (1955). Ethics. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
  3. ^ a b c Parry, Richard (2020) [2003]. "'Epistēmē' and 'technē'". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 28 April 2020.

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