The ontology of artifacts

Philosophical Explorations 7 (2):99 – 111 (2004)
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Abstract

Beginning with Aristotle, philosophers have taken artifacts to be ontologically deficient. This paper proposes a theory of artifacts, according to which artifacts are ontologically on a par with other material objects. I formulate a nonreductive theory that regards artifacts as constituted by - but not identical to - aggregates of particles. After setting out the theory, I rebut a number of arguments that disparage the ontological status of artifacts.

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Lynne Rudder Baker
PhD: Vanderbilt University; Last affiliation: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Fiction and Metaphysics.Amie L. Thomasson - 1998 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
Parts of Classes.David K. Lewis - 1991 - Mind 100 (3):394-397.
Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View.Lynne Rudder Baker - 2000 - New York: Cambridge University Press.

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