Title
Artifact categorization and the modal theory of artifact function
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Dordrecht ,
Subject
Psychology
Source (journal)
Review of philosophy and psychology. - Dordrecht, 2010, currens
Volume/pages
4(2013) :3 , p. 515-526
ISSN
1878-5158
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c:vabb:373615
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Philosophers and psychologists widely hold that artifact categories just like biological categories are individuated by their function. But recent empirical findings in psychology question this assumption. My proposal is to suggest a way of squaring these findings with the central role function should play in individuating artifact categories. But in order to do so, we need to give up on the standard account of artifact function, according to which function is fixed by design, and replace it with a more context-sensitive account, according to which function attributions depend on the explanatory context and, as a result, categorization also depends on the explanatory context, just as the empirical findings from psychology suggest. I argue that the recent modal theory of function originally proposed to explain biological function, is capable of providing such an account of artifact function
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/554f87/4aae46a12f2.pdf
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