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  1. Wybo Houkes & Pieter E. Vermaas (2013). Pluralism on Artefact Categories: A Philosophical Defence. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 4 (3):543-557.
    In this paper we use our work in the philosophy of technology to formulate a pluralist view on artefact categories and categorisation principles, as studied in cognitive science. We argue, on the basis of classifications derived by philosophical reconstruction, that artefacts can be clustered in more than one way, and that each clustering may be taken as defining psychological artefact categories. We contrast this pluralism with essentialism and super-minimalism on artefact categories and we argue that pluralism is coherent with experimental (...)
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  2. Pieter E. Vermaas, Dingmar Eck & Peter Kroes (2013). The Conceptual Elusiveness of Engineering Functions. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):159-185.
    In this paper, we describe the conceptual elusiveness of the notion of function as used in engineering practice. We argue that it should be accepted as an ambiguous notion, and then review philosophical argumentations in which engineering functions occur in order to identify the consequences of this ambiguity. Function is a key notion in engineering, yet is used by engineers systematically in a variety of meanings. First, we demonstrate that this ambiguous use is rational for engineers by considering the role (...)
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  3. Pieter E. Vermaas & Wybo Houkes (2013). Functions as Epistemic Highlighters: An Engineering Account of Technical, Biological and Other Functions. In Philippe Huneman (ed.), Functions: Selection and Mechanisms. Springer. 213--231.
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  4. Peter-Paul Verbeek & Pieter E. Vermaas (2012). Technological Artifacts. In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Stig Andur Pedersen & Vincent F. Hendricks (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  5. Massimiliano Carrara, Pawel Garbacz & Pieter E. Vermaas (2011). If Engineering Function is a Family Resemblance Concept: Assessing Three Formalization Strategies. Applied Ontology 6 (2):141-163.
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  6. Ana Cuevas-Badallo & Pieter E. Vermaas (2011). A Functional Abc for Biotechnology and the Dissemination of its Progeny. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 42 (2):261-269.
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  7. Wybo Houkes, Peter Kroes, Anthonie Meijers & Pieter E. Vermaas (2011). Dual-Nature and Collectivist Frameworks for Technical Artefacts: A Constructive Comparison. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 42 (1):198-205.
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  8. Pieter E. Vermaas (2010). Philosophy of Engineering and Technology. Techne 14 (1):55-59.
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  9. Pieter E. Vermaas, Yao-Hua Tan, Jeroen van den Hoven, Brigitte Burgemeestre & Joris Hulstijn (2010). Designing for Trust: A Case of Value-Sensitive Design. Knowledge, Technology and Policy 23 (3-4):491-505.
    In this paper, we consider the meaning, roles, and uses of trust in the economic and public domain, focusing on the task of designing systems for trust in information technology. We analyze this task by means of a survey of what trust means in the economic and public domain, using the model proposed by Lewicki and Bunker, and using the emerging paradigm of value-sensitive design. We explore the difficulties developers face when designing information technology for trust and show how our (...)
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  10. Massimiliano Carrara & Pieter E. Vermaas (2009). The Fine-Grained Metaphysics of Artifactual and Biological Functional Kinds. Synthese 169 (1):125 - 143.
    In this paper we consider the emerging position in metaphysics that artifact functions characterize real kinds of artifacts. We analyze how it can circumvent an objection by David Wiggins (Sameness and substance renewed, 2001, 87) and then argue that this position, in comparison to expert judgments, amounts to an interesting fine-grained metaphysics: taking artifact functions as (part of the) essences of artifacts leads to distinctions between principles of activity of artifacts that experts in technology have not yet made. We show, (...)
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  11. Pieter E. Vermaas (2009). Artefacts in Analytic Metaphysics. Techne 13 (2):74-81.
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  12. Pieter E. Vermaas (2009). Contemporary Engineering and the Metaphysics of Artefacts. The Monist 92 (3):403-419.
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  13. Pieter E. Vermaas (2009). On Unification : Taking Technical Functions as Objective (and Biological Functions as Subjective). In Ulrich Krohs & Peter Kroes (eds.), Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives. Mit Press.
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  14. Pieter E. Vermaas (2009). Produced to Use. Techne 13 (2):123-136.
    In this paper we examine the possibilities of combining two central intuitions about artefacts: that they are functional objects, and that they are non-natural objects. We do so in four steps. First we argue that, contrary to common opinion, functions cannot be the cornerstone of a characterisation of artefacts. Our argument suggests an alternative view, which characterises artefacts as objects embedded in what we call use plans. Second, we show that this plan-centred successor of the function-focused view is at odds (...)
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  15. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & Ted Cavanagh (2008). Diverse Designing: Sorting Out Function and Intention in Artifacts. In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  16. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore, Daniela Cerqui & Kevin Warwick (2008). Re-Designing Humankind: The Rise of Cyborgs, a Desirable Goal? In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  17. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & Sd Noam Cook (2008). Design and Responsibility: The Interdependence of Natural, Artifactual, and Human Systems. In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  18. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & J. Craig Hanks (2008). Cities, Aesthetics, and Human Community: Some Thoughts on the Limits of Design. In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  19. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & Kristo Miettinen (2008). Design: Structure, Process, and Function: A Systems Methodology Perspective. In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  20. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore, Kathryn A. Neeley & Heinz C. Luegenbiehl (2008). Beyond Inevitability: Emphasizing the Role of Intention and Ethical Responsibility in Engineering Design. In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  21. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & Glenn Parsons (2008). Nature, Aesthetic Values, and Urban Design: Building the Natural City. In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  22. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & Paul B. Thompson (2008). Alienability, Rivalry, and Exclusion Cost: Three Institutional Factors for Design. In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  23. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & Rebecca Webber (2008). Expert Culture, Representation, and Public Choice: Architectural Renderings as the Editing of Reality. In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  24. Pieter E. Vermaas (2008). Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence (Eds.):Creations of the Mind: Theories of Artifacts and Their Representation,:Creations of the Mind: Theories of Artifacts and Their Representation. Philosophy of Science 75 (4):473-477.
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  25. Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.) (2008). Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
    This volume provides the reader with an integrated overview of state-of-the-art research in philosophy and ethics of design in engineering and architecture.
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  26. Jeroen Den Hovevann & Pieter E. Vermaas (2007). Nano-Technology and Privacy: On Continuous Surveillance Outside the Panopticon. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32 (3):283-297.
    We argue that nano-technology in the form of invisible tags, sensors, and Radio Frequency Identity Chips (RFIDs) will give rise to privacy issues that are in two ways different from the traditional privacy issues of the last decades. One, they will not exclusively revolve around the idea of centralization of surveillance and concentration of power, as the metaphor of the Panopticon suggests, but will be about constant observation at decentralized levels. Two, privacy concerns may not exclusively be about constraining information (...)
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  27. Joseph C. Pitt, Pieter E. Vermaas & Peter-Paul Verbeek (2007). Editorial Statement. Techne 11 (1):1-1.
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  28. Jeroen Van Den Hoven & Pieter E. Vermaas (2007). Nano-Technology and Privacy: On Continuous Surveillance Outside the Panopticon. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32 (3):283 – 297.
    We argue that nano-technology in the form of invisible tags, sensors, and Radio Frequency Identity Chips (RFIDs) will give rise to privacy issues that are in two ways different from the traditional privacy issues of the last decades. One, they will not exclusively revolve around the idea of centralization of surveillance and concentration of power, as the metaphor of the Panopticon suggests, but will be about constant observation at decentralized levels. Two, privacy concerns may not exclusively be about constraining information (...)
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  29. Pieter E. Vermaas (2006). The Physical Connection: Engineering Function Ascriptions to Technical Artefacts and Their Components. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 37 (1):62-75.
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  30. Pieter E. Vermaas & Wybo Houkes (2006). Technical Functions: A Drawbridge Between the Intentional and Structural Natures of Technical Artefacts. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 37 (1):5-18.
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  31. Pieter E. Vermaas (2005). Technology and the Conditions on Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (4):635-661.
    In this paper I consider the problem of interpreting quantum mechanics. I argue that this problem has evolved in part into the problem of selecting tenable interpretations from a set of available interpretations. We lack the means to make this selection. There is consensus that interpretations should be consistent and empirically adequate. But these conditions are not particularly discriminative. Other conditions may be discriminative but are not generally accepted. I propose two new conditions for selecting tenable interpretations, motivated by the (...)
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  32. Pieter E. Vermaas (2004). Nanoscale Technology: A Two-Sided Challenge for Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics. In Baird D. (ed.), Discovering the Nanoscale. Ios. 77--91.
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  33. Pieter E. Vermaas (2003). Modal Interpretations. In A. Rojszczak, J. Cachro & G. Kurczewski (eds.), Philosophical Dimensions of Logic and Science. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 195--211.
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  34. Pieter E. Vermaas & Wybo Houkes (2003). Ascribing Functions to Technical Artefacts: A Challenge to Etiological Accounts of Functions. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 54 (2):261-289.
    The aim of this paper is to evaluate etiological accounts of functions for the domain of technical artefacts. Etiological theories ascribe functions to items on the basis of the causal histories of those items; they apply relatively straightforwardly to the biological domain, in which neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory provides a well-developed and generally accepted background for describing the causal histories of biological items. Yet there is no well-developed and generally accepted theory for describing the causal history of artefacts, so the application (...)
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  35. Pieter E. Vermaas (2002). Technological Innovation as an Unusual and Non-Biological Evolutionary Process. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 33 (4):735-739.
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  36. Pieter E. Vermaas (2002). Technological Innovation as an Unusual and Non-Biological Evolutionary Process: John Ziman (Ed.) Technological Innovation as an Evolutionary Process; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000, Xvii+ 379 Pp., Hardback, ISBN 0-521-62361-8. [REVIEW] Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33 (4):735-739.
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  37. Guido Bacciagaluppi & Pieter E. Vermaas (1999). Virtual Reality: Consequences of No-Go Theorems for the Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. In Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara (ed.), Language, Quantum, Music. 117--128.
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  38. Pieter E. Vermaas (1999). A Philosopher's Understanding of Quantum Mechanics: Possibilities and Impossibilities of a Modal Interpretation. Cambridge University Press.
    This book is about how to understand quantum mechanics by means of a modal interpretation. Modal interpretations provide a general framework within which quantum mechanics can be considered as a theory that describes reality in terms of physical systems possessing definite properties. Quantum mechanics is standardly understood to be a theory about probabilities with which measurements have outcomes. Modal interpretations are relatively new attempts to present quantum mechanics as a theory which, like other physical theories, describes an observer-independent reality. In (...)
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  39. Pieter E. Vermaas (1999). Two No-Go Theorems for Modal Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 30 (3):403-431.
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  40. Pieter E. Vermaas (1996). Unique Transition Probabilities in the Modal Interpretation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 27 (2):133-159.
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  41. Pieter E. Vermaas & Dennis Dieks (1995). The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and its Generalization to Density Operators. Foundations of Physics 25 (1):145-158.
    We generalize the modal interpretation of quantum mechanics so that it may be applied to composite systems represented by arbitrary density operators. We discuss the interpretation these density operators receive and relate this to the discussion about the interpretation of proper and improper mixtures in the standard interpretation.
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