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Unformatted text preview: en so uncommon for a man to take so much pleasure in such activities, that he forgets the purpose of them. Every true craftsman can experience in his own case this transformation of the means into an end- in- itself, which can take place with almost any activity, and which makes the product into a work of art. It is the joy in sheer creation, the dedication to the activity, the absorption in the movement, which transforms work into play. (66) Schlick goes on to consider a new worry specifically about his creative play theory: The stuck- in- the- moment objection: Given its emphasis on finding the intrinsic worth in our activities, doesn’t the creative play theory encourage us to be so absorbed in these activities that we focus just on the present moment (while we are doing the activities) and forget about the future (when we might want to be doing other activities) or the past (when we did activities we can reflect on)? If so, it seems that the creative play theory encourages us to get stuck in the present moment; and this in turn seems to make us less human, and more like non- human animals who aren't ever concerned about the future or past. As Schlick puts it: The objection may be raised at this point, that such a life would represent a relapse to a lower level, to the status of plants and animals. For the latter assuredly live for the moment, their consciousness is confined to a brief present, they certainly know pain, but not care. Man, on the...
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