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Tekiné is Greek for the application of a particular skill in the practising of a craft. In the practice of a craft, the craftsman is directing applicable skills towards a specific end already known and envisaged. In the making of a work of art, on the other hand, the artist will only know what he or she has made when it is (near enough) finished. It will be more like a discovery than a completion. The philosopher R. G. Collingwood wrote that ‘True expression is an activity for which there can be no technique’, the point of a technique being that it enables someone precisely to repeat what has been done before.

This is obviously important. There are set techniques for handling a computer, for ...

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