Two Conceptions of Technical Malfunction

Theoria 77 (2):117-138 (2011)

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Massimiliano Carrara
University of Padua
Abstract
The topic of this paper is the notion of technical (as opposed to biological) malfunction. It is shown how to form the property being a malfunctioning F from the property F and the property modifier malfunctioning (a mapping taking a property to a property). We present two interpretations of malfunctioning. Both interpretations agree that a malfunctioning F lacks the dispositional property of functioning as an F. However, its subsective interpretation entails that malfunctioning Fs are Fs, whereas its privative interpretation entails that malfunctioning Fs are not Fs. We chart various of their respective logical consequences and discuss some of the philosophical implications of both interpretations
Keywords functions  artefacts  intentional logic
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DOI 10.1111/j.1755-2567.2010.01092.x
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