Synthese Library

Artefact Kinds

Ontology and the Human-Made World

Editors: Franssen, M., Kroes, P., Reydon, Th., Vermaas, P.E. (Eds.)

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  • Addresses ontologies of artefact kinds in engineering practice  
  • Offers practical as well as theoretical implications  
  • Presents important developments in both formal ontology and ontology engineering​
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This book is concerned with two intimately related topics of metaphysics: the identity of entities and the foundations of classification. What it adds to previous discussions of these topics is that it addresses them with respect to human-made entities, that is, artefacts. As the chapters in the book show, questions of identity and classification require other treatments and lead to other answers for artefacts than for natural entities. These answers are of interest to philosophers not only for their clarification of artefacts as a category of things but also for the new light they may shed on these issue with respect to to natural entities.    

This volume is structured in three parts.  The contributions in Part I address basic ontological and metaphysical questions in relation to artefact kinds: How should we conceive of artefact kinds? Are they real kinds? How are identity conditions for artefacts and artefact kinds related? The contributions in Part II address meta-ontological questions: What, exactly, should an ontological account of artefact kinds provide us with? What scope can it aim for? Which ways of approaching the ontology of artefact kinds are there, how promising are they, and how should we assess this? In Part III, the essays offer engineering practice rather than theoretical philosophy as a point of reference. The issues addressed here include: How do engineers classify technical artefacts and on what grounds? What makes specific classes of technical artefacts candidates for ontologically real kinds, and by which criteria?​

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Ontology of Technical Artefacts

    Franssen, Maarten (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

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  • How Real Are Artefacts and Artefact Kinds?

    Lowe, E. J.

    Pages 17-26

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  • Artifacts and Mind-Independence

    Elder, Crawford L.

    Pages 27-43

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  • Public Artifacts, Intentions, and Norms

    Thomasson, Amie L.

    Pages 45-62

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  • Artefact Kinds, Ontological Criteria and Forms of Mind-Dependence

    Franssen, Maarten (et al.)

    Pages 63-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Artefact Kinds
Book Subtitle
Ontology and the Human-Made World
Editors
  • Maarten Franssen
  • Peter Kroes
  • Thomas Reydon
  • Pieter E. Vermaas
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
365
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00801-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00801-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-00800-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34641-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 225
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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