Examining the Relationship Between Cooperation and Aristotle's Techne

Aşkar G., Aşkar A.

SADAB III. International Conference on Social Researches and Behavioral Sciences, Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina, 20 - 21 April 2019, pp.29

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Sarajevo
  • Country: Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • Page Numbers: pp.29


According to Richard Sennett, cooperation as a technical skill underlies human interaction. In this sense, cooperation is conceived as a behaviour which people reciprocally benefit from. It is observed in rituals related to mutual respect and empathy in complicated relations. Against destructive forms of cooperation, Sennett attempts to describe ‘hard cooperation’ which aims to solve conflicts between people and gives priority to communication. In this regard, cooperation is considered as a dialogic skill which is beneficial to conflict resolution. For Sennett, this type of cooperation can be explained with reference to the Aristotelian concept ‘techne’. Aristotle mentions techne as a part of production. To him, since production is different from action, techne cannot be an issue related to it. Following this argument, techne seems to be a productive skill which overlaps creativity and artistic creation. In this paper, the relationship between cooperation and techne is examined and the possibility to conceive cooperation as techne is discussed. Keywords: cooperation, techne, Aristotle