Just came across this from a design conference Nicola attended in Barcelona in 2003, I liked it and thought I would share it.
“Techné is Greek for “craft” and “art” and is the term that Aristotle used in theorising knowledge, to refer to the third form of knowledge in his classification of sciences.
Now understood as mere skill belonging to craft. techné has unfortunately lost its original meaning which integrated beauty, art, expertise, technical knowledge, skill and industry.
In Aristotle’s time, artistic creativity and technology were not divided.”
I wish we had a word today which integrated the beauty, art, expertise, technical knowledge, skill and industry involved in craft.
The Swedish word sloyd has many of those meanings and Japanese mingei some of them but for once the English language is badly lacking.