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    Philosophy of Technology.Maarten Franssen - 2010 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    The Normativity of Artefacts.Maarten Franssen - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 37 (1):42-57.
    Part of the distinction between artefacts, objects made by humans for particular purposes, and natural objects is that artefacts are subject to normative judgements. A drill, say, can be a good drill or a poor drill, it can function well or correctly or it can malfunction. In this paper I investigate how such judgements fit into the domain of the normative in general and what the grounds for their normativity are. Taking as a starting point a general characterization of normativity (...)
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  3. An Impossibility Theorem for Verisimilitude.Sjoerd Zwart & Maarten Franssen - 2007 - Synthese 158 (1):75-92.
    In this paper, we show that Arrow’s well-known impossibility theorem is instrumental in bringing the ongoing discussion about verisimilitude to a more general level of abstraction. After some preparatory technical steps, we show that Arrow’s requirements for voting procedures in social choice are also natural desiderata for a general verisimilitude definition that places content and likeness considerations on the same footing. Our main result states that no qualitative unifying procedure of a functional form can simultaneously satisfy the requirements of Unanimity, (...)
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    Philosophy of Technology After the Empirical Turn.Anthonie W. M. Meijers, Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas & Maarten Franssen (eds.) - 2016 - Springer Verlag.
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    Artefact Kinds: Ontology and the Human-Made World.Maarten Franssen, Peter Kroes, Pieter Vermaas & Thomas A. C. Reydon (eds.) - 2013 - Synthese Library.
    One way to address such questions about artifact kinds is to look for clues in the available literature on parallel questions that have been posed with respect to kinds in the natural domain. Philosophers have long been concerned with the ...
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    Technical Artifacts: An Integrated Perspective.Stefano Borgo, Maarten Franssen, Paweł Garbacz, Yoshinobu Kitamura, Riichiro Mizoguchi & Pieter E. Vermaas - 2014 - Applied Ontology 9 (3-4):217-235.
    Humans are always interested in distinguishing natural and artificial entities although there is no sharp demarcation between the two categories. Surprisingly, things do not improve when the second type of entities is restricted to the arguably more constrained realm of physical technical artifacts. This paper helps to clarify the relationship between natural entities and technical artifacts by developing a conceptual landscape within which to analyze these notions. The framework is developed by studying three definitions of technical artifact which arise from (...)
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  7. Artefacts and Normativity.Maarten Franssen - 2009 - In Anthonie W. M. Meijers (ed.), Handbook of the Philosophy of Science. pp. 9--923.
     
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  8. Philosophy of Technology as a Serious Branch of Philosophy: The Empirical Turn as a Starting Point.Stefan Koller & Maarten Franssen - 2016 - In Anthonie W. M. Meijers, Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas & Maarten Franssen (eds.), Philosophy of Technology After the Empirical Turn. Springer Verlag.
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    Can We Make Sense of the Notion of Trustworthy Technology?Philip J. Nickel, Maarten Franssen & Peter Kroes - 2010 - Knowledge, Technology & Policy 23 (3-4):429-444.
    In this paper we raise the question whether technological artifacts can properly speaking be trusted or said to be trustworthy. First, we set out some prevalent accounts of trust and trustworthiness and explain how they compare with the engineer’s notion of reliability. We distinguish between pure rational-choice accounts of trust, which do not differ in principle from mere judgments of reliability, and what we call “motivation-attributing” accounts of trust, which attribute specific motivations to trustworthy entities. Then we consider some examples (...)
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    Can We Make Sense of the Notion of Trustworthy Technology?Philip J. Nickel, Maarten Franssen & Peter Kroes - 2010 - Knowledge, Technology & Policy 23 (3):429-444.
    In this paper we raise the question whether technological artifacts can properly speaking be trusted or said to be trustworthy. First, we set out some prevalent accounts of trust and trustworthiness and explain how they compare with the engineer’s notion of reliability. We distinguish between pure rational-choice accounts of trust, which do not differ in principle from mere judgments of reliability, and what we call “motivation-attributing” accounts of trust, which attribute specific motivations to trustworthy entities. Then we consider some examples (...)
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  11. The Inherent Normativity of Functions in Biology and Technology.Maarten Franssen - 2009 - In Ulrich Krohs & Peter Kroes (eds.), Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives. MIT Press.
     
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    Constrained Maximization Reconsidered — an Elaboration and Critique of Gauthier's Modelling of Rational Cooperation in a Single Prisoner's Dilemma.Maarten Franssen - 1994 - Synthese 101 (2):249 - 272.
    Gauthier's argument for constrained maximization, presented inMorals by Agreement, is perfected by taking into account the possibility of accidental exploitation and discussing the limitations on the values of the parameters which measure the translucency of the actors. Gauthier's argument is nevertheless shown to be defective concerning the rationality of constrained maximization as a strategic choice. It can be argued that it applies only to a single actor entering a population of individuals who are themselves not rational actors but simple rule-followers. (...)
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    Artifacts.Maarten Franssen - 2013 - Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy.
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    Did King Alfonso of Castile Really Want to Advise God Against the Ptolemaic System? The Legend in History.Maarten Franssen - 1993 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 24 (3):313-325.
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  15. Analytic Philosophy of Technology.Maarten Franssen - 2012 - 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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    Artefact Kinds as Structural-Cum-Historical Kinds.Maarten Franssen - 2018 - Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy 26:23-27.
    I has been argued, foremost by David Wiggins, that artefact kinds are defined in a way that makes the existence and persistence of their members, say clocks, dependent on human pragmatic considerations. This supposedly sets artefact kinds apart from natural kinds of things, say tigers, for which some inherent principle determines their existence and persistence. Consequently, artefact kinds would not be acceptable as real kinds in the sense that natural kinds of things are real, i.e. included in the ‘furniture of (...)
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    Creations of the Mind: Theories of Artifacts and Their Representation.Maarten Franssen - 2009 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23 (3):334-337.
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    A New Approach to Philosophy of Science Textbooks: Lars-Göran Johansson: Philosophy of Science for Scientists . Dordrecht: Springer, 2016. Xvi+257pp. ISBN 978-3-319-26549-0 , 978-3-319-26551-3 , $69.00HB.Maarten Franssen - 2017 - Metascience 26 (2):335-339.
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  19. Design Research Programs.Maarten Franssen - 2005 - Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 84 (1):139-153.
    In this paper Kuipers' set-theoretic approach to scientific research programs as applied to design research programs is reviewed. The main criticism is that this approach, through its conception of properties as "atomic," cannot do justice to the fact that most properties that matter in design problems come in degrees. Thus the approach offers no help with a main difficulty in design problems: that of evaluating different design concepts or prototypes when multiple features or properties, each of which giving rise to (...)
     
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    Learning and Coordination: Inductive Deliberation, Equilibrium, and Convention, by Peter Vanderschraaf. Routledge 2001, XX + 222 Pages. [REVIEW]Maarten Franssen - 2004 - Economics and Philosophy 20 (2):389-395.
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  21. Book Review. [REVIEW]Maarten Franssen - 2004 - Economics and Philosophy 20 (2):389-395.
  22. Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Technology: One or Two Philosophies of One or Two Objects?Maarten Franssen - 2015 - In Sven Ove Hansson (ed.), The Role of Technology in Science: Philosophical Perspectives. Springer Verlag.
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  23. Rationeel geloof. Rationele-keuzetheorie en wetenschapsfilosofie.Maarten Franssen - 2002 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 94 (1).
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  24. Sociotechnical Systems.Maarten Franssen & Peter Kroes - 2012 - 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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  25. The Not-so-Trivial Truth of Methodological Individualism.Maarten Franssen - 1998 - The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 37:69-76.
    I defend the truth of the principle of methodological individualism in the social sciences. I do so by criticizing mistaken ideas about the relation between individual people and social entities held by earlier defenders of the principle. I argue, first, that social science is committed to the intentional stance; the domain of social science, therefore, coincides with the domain of intentionally described human action. Second, I argue that social entitites are theoretical terms, but quite different from the entities used in (...)
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