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homo faber

literally, ‘man the worker’. The concept of work has undergone dramatic changes from ancient to contemporary societies. In Homeric society work was regarded as a natural part of the fabric of social life. The rich and the poor worked and did not despise manual labour. The unity between work and all aspects of culture was broken in the time of Classical Greece. A dual set of divisions were established between:
  1. work and the rest of life (contemplation, family life, politics, leisure); and
  2. noble and ignoble work. These divisions were exploited and developed by successive social formations in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the 19th-century and the 20th-century MARX regarded the labour exacted under the capitalist system of production as necessarily alienating. It did not satisfy the worker's innermost need for self-actualization and co-operation with the rest of society. At the same time Marx maintained that the homo faber model provided the most appropriate approach to understanding human affairs as through work men (and women) make themselves. Compare HOMO LUDENS.
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This means blending Homo sapiens (man/woman who knows), Homo faber (man/woman who makes), and Homo ludens (man/woman who plays).
Marx se referia al homo faber, el creador; Lenin, al animal laborans.
Roxas emphasized the role of humanity as homo faber (Latin for Man the Maker).
Truth be told, Homo Ludens (Those who Play) are simultaneously Homo Faber (Those who Create)," Kojima wrote.
Five chapters cover Homo Faber and the work of cinema; the 1960s; the 1970s; the 1980s; the 1990s.
Los politicos, los duenos de los medios de produccion (en muchos casos representaban al mismo individuo), los homo faber y los menos afortunados, los esclavos.
Mas tarde, ese homo faber se llamaria zoon politikon.
El fabricante no puede hallarse solo, ya que un mundo habitado unicamente por el lo convertiria en una especie de dios, a la manera del Demiurgo platonico, y dejaria por tanto de ser un homo faber.
In effect, it is the values of the animal laborans which prevailed over those of the homo faber.
While "globalism" essentially means a self-enclosed economic and technological world -- but one without political, legal or moral boundaries or limits -- it is religion and/or ethical considerations that locate the human being in a metaphysically open context which goes beyond the confines of homo faber.