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  1. Andrés Vaccari (2013). Artifact Dualism, Materiality, and the Hard Problem of Ontology: Some Critical Remarks on the Dual Nature of Technical Artifacts Program. Philosophy and Technology 26 (1):7-29.
    This paper critically examines the forays into metaphysics of The Dual Nature of Technical Artifacts Program (henceforth, DNP). I argue that the work of DNP is a valuable contribution to the epistemology of certain aspects of artifact design and use, but that it fails to advance a persuasive metaphysic. A central problem is that DNP approaches ontology from within a functionalist framework that is mainly concerned with ascriptions and justified beliefs. Thus, the materiality of artifacts emerges only as the external (...)
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  2. Andres Vaccari (2012). Dissolving Nature. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 16 (2):138-186.
    This paper is an enquiry into the philosophical fault-line that leads from mechanicism to posthumanism. I focus on a central aspect of posthumanism: the erosion of the distinction between organism and machine, nature and art, and the biological and engineering sciences. I claim that this shift can be placed in the seventeenth century, in Descartes’s biology. The Cartesian fusion of the natural and technological opened the door to distinctly posthuman understandings of the living body, its relation to technological extensions, and (...)
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  3. Andres Vaccari (2008). Legitimating the Machine. The Epistemological Foundation of Technological Metaphor in the Natural Philosophy of René Descartes. In Claus Zittel (ed.), Philosophies of Technology: Francis Bacon and His Contemporaries. Brill. 287--336.
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  4. Andrés Vaccari (2006). How the Brain Became The Headquarters of the Self. Metascience 15 (3):569-572.
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