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CRUZ, Thaïs Wense de Mendonça. The artisan and the imagination of the four elements. Ide (São Paulo) [online]. 2010, vol.33, n.51, pp. 46-62. ISSN 0101-3106.

This is a study of the craftsman’s life and work. It involves from the process of imagining himself in relation to raw material untill the production of concrete objects. This is an investigation about the material imagination, present in the work of the craftsman, in the sense that Bachelard understands it, ie, creating images, stimulated by the properties of the four elements described by Empedocles. Imagination is considered psychic activity that leads to transcendence of the craftsman’s affections to undertake a dive in solitude, that is, the anagogical knowledge of the unreality, where he will stand facing with the pre-history of its making and himself.

Palavras-chave : Craftsman; Raw material; Knowledge; Transformation; Anagogy.

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