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Author(s): Berg, Christian | Meisinger, Hubert | Krüger, Oliver | Schmidt, Jan C. | Herms, Eilert
[German Version] I. Definitions 1. Technique In antiquity, τέϰνη/ technē originally meant special skill in handwork; it also denoted competence in reasonable action in other practical, artistic and philosophical areas. For Aristotle it is reasonable behavior directed to the production of praxis and poiesis ; technē imitates natural events, being distinct from them but embedded in them. In the modern period ¶ (Modernity), with criticism of Aristotelian metaphysics, the understanding of technique also changed. Technique became a key concept of modern culture…

Wach, Joachim

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Author(s): Krüger, Oliver
[German Version] (Jan 25, 1898, Chemnitz – Aug 27, 1955, Locarno). After studying Protestant theology, philosophy, and Near Eastern languages with F. Heiler, E. Troeltsch, and E. Husserl, in 1922 he received his doctorate in religious studies from Leipzig, where he received his habilitation in 1924. In 1930 he received a doctorate in Protestant theology from Heidelberg. In 1935 racial politics forced him to give up his position at Leipzig. He emigrated to the United States, where he taught initial…