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  1. If Engineering Function is a Family Resemblance Concept: Assessing Three Formalization Strategies.Massimiliano Carrara, Pawel Garbacz & Pieter E. Vermaas - 2011 - Applied Ontology 6 (2):141-163.
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    Actions Versus Functions: A Plea for an Alternative Metaphysics of Artifacts.Wybo Houkes & Pieter Vermaas - 2004 - The Monist 87 (1):52-71.
    The philosophy of artifacts is as marginal as it is one-sided. The majority of contributions to it are asides in works devoted to other subjects and focus on one characteristic feature: that artifacts are objects with functions. Indeed many artifacts, such as screwdrivers and toasters, come in functional kinds. Perhaps for this reason, philosophers elevated functions to the essences of artifacts or have developed general theories of function to describe artifacts along with their main subject: biological items. Most such theories (...)
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    Ascribing Functions to Technical Artefacts: A Challenge to Etiological Accounts of Functions.Pieter E. Vermaas & Wybo Houkes - 2003 - 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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  4. The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.Dennis Dieks & Pieter Vermaas - 1998 - Kluwer Academic Publishers.
     
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    A Philosopher's Understanding of Quantum Mechanics: Possibilities and Impossibilities of a Modal Interpretation.Pieter E. Vermaas - 1999 - 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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  6. The Fine-Grained Metaphysics of Artifactual and Biological Functional Kinds.Massimiliano Carrara & Pieter Vermaas - 2009 - 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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    The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and its Generalization to Density Operators.Pieter E. Vermaas & Dennis Dieks - 1995 - 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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    The Design Stance and its Artefacts.Pieter E. Vermaas, Massimiliano Carrara, Stefano Borgo & Pawel Garbacz - 2013 - Synthese 190 (6):1131-1152.
    In this paper we disambiguate the design stance as proposed by Daniel C. Dennett, focusing on its application to technical artefacts. Analysing Dennett’s work and developing his approach towards interpreting entities, we show that there are two ways of spelling out the design stance, one that presuppose also adopting Dennett’s intentional stance for describing a designing agent, and a second that does not. We argue against taking one of these ways as giving the correct formulation of the design stance in (...)
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    Contemporary Engineering and the Metaphysics of Artefacts.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2009 - The Monist 92 (3):403-419.
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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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    Pluralism on Artefact Categories: A Philosophical Defence.Wybo Houkes & Pieter E. Vermaas - 2013 - 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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    Produced to Use.Wybo Houkes & Pieter E. Vermaas - 2009 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 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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  14. On Unification : Taking Technical Functions as Objective (and Biological Functions as Subjective).Pieter E. Vermaas - 2009 - In Ulrich Krohs & Peter Kroes (eds.), Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives. MIT Press.
     
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  15. An Engineering Turn in Conceptual Analysis.Pieter Vermaas - 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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    Nano-Technology and Privacy: On Continuous Surveillance Outside the Panopticon.Jeroen Van Den Hoven & Pieter E. Vermaas - 2007 - 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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    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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    Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture.Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.) - 2008 - 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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  19. A Functional Abc for Biotechnology and the Dissemination of its Progeny.Ana Cuevas-Badallo & Pieter E. Vermaas - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (2):261-269.
    In this paper we present a functional analysis of biotechnology and identify the particular status that genetic engineering has relative to other biotechnological techniques such as domestication. The analysis builds on work by Dan Sperber and characterises biotechnology in primarily technical and biological functional terms as symbiotic interactions in which humans modify other organisms. We identify three main routes by which these interactions are established in biotechnology. We argue that two of these routes have in-built mechanisms for preventing an uncontrolled (...)
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    Nanoscale Technology: A Two-Sided Challenge for Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2004 - In Baird D. (ed.), Discovering the Nanoscale. Ios. pp. 77--91.
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    Nano-Technology and Privacy: On Continuous Surveillance Outside the Panopticon.Jeroen Den Hovevann & Pieter E. Vermaas - 2007 - 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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    Two No-Go Theorems for Modal Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.Pieter E. Vermaas - 1999 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 30 (3):403-431.
    Modal interpretations take quantum mechanics as a theory which assigns at all times definite values to magnitudes of quantum systems. In the case of single systems, modal interpretations manage to do so without falling prey to the Kochen and Specker no-go theorem, because they assign values only to a limited set of magnitudes. In this paper I present two further no-go theorems which prove that two modal interpretations become nevertheless problematic when applied to more than one system. The first theorem (...)
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    Produced to Use.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2009 - 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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    Unique Transition Probabilities in the Modal Interpretation.Pieter E. Vermaas - 1996 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 27 (2):133-159.
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    Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence , Creations of the Mind: Theories of Artifacts and Their Representation. Oxford: Oxford University Press , 358 Pp., $49.95. [REVIEW]Pieter Vermaas - 2008 - Philosophy of Science 75 (4):473-477.
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    Artefacts in Analytic Metaphysics.Wybo Houkes & Pieter E. Vermaas - 2009 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 13 (2):74-81.
    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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    Artefacts in Analytic Metaphysics.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2009 - Techne 13 (2):74-81.
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    Technology and the Conditions on Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2005 - 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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    Editorial Statement.Joseph C. Pitt, Pieter E. Vermaas & Peter-Paul Verbeek - 2007 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 11 (1):1-1.
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    Two No-Go Theorems for Modal Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.Pieter E. Vermaas - 1999 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 30 (3):403-431.
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    Reviews-A Philosopher's Understanding of Quantum Mechanics: Possibilities and Impossibilities of a Modal Interpretation.Pieter Vermaas & Hans Halvorson - 2001 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (2):387-392.
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    Unique Transition Probabilities in the Modal Interpretation.Pieter E. Vermaas - 1996 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 27 (2):133-159.
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    A Functional Abc for Biotechnology and the Dissemination of its Progeny.Ana Cuevas-Badallo & Pieter E. Vermaas - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (2):261-269.
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    Designing for Trust: A Case of Value-Sensitive Design.Pieter E. Vermaas, Yao-Hua Tan, Jeroen Hoven, Brigitte Burgemeestre & Joris Hulstijn - 2010 - Knowledge, Technology & Policy 23 (3):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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  35. Technological Artifacts.Peter-Paul Verbeek & Pieter E. Vermaas - 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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    The Conceptual Elusiveness of Engineering Functions:: A Philosophical Analysis.Pieter E. Vermaas, Dingmar van Eck & Peter Kroes - 2013 - 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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  37. Nature, Aesthetic Values, and Urban Design: Building the Natural City.Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & Glenn Parsons - 2008 - In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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    Modal Interpretations.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2003 - In A. Rojszczak, J. Cachro & G. Kurczewski (eds.), Philosophical Dimensions of Logic and Science. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 195--211.
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    The Conceptual Elusiveness of Engineering Functions. [REVIEW]Pieter E. Vermaas, Dingmar Eck & Peter Kroes - 2013 - 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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    The Societal Impact of the Emerging Quantum Technologies: A Renewed Urgency to Make Quantum Theory Understandable.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2017 - Ethics and Information Technology 19 (4):241-246.
    This paper introduces the special issue The societal impact of the emerging quantum technologies as a contribution to a more inclusive societal debate on quantum technologies. It brings together five contributions. Three are authored by quantum technology researchers who give explorations of the possible impacts of quantum technologies on science, industry and society. The fourth contribution discusses within the framework of responsible research and innovation, the ways in which quantum technologies and the societal debate about them are presented in European (...)
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  41. Re-Designing Humankind: The Rise of Cyborgs, a Desirable Goal?Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore, Daniela Cerqui & Kevin Warwick - 2008 - In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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    Philosophy of Engineering and Technology.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2010 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 14 (1):55-59.
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    Philosophy of Engineering and Technology.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2010 - Techne 14 (1):55-59.
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    Functions as Epistemic Highlighters: An Engineering Account of Technical, Biological and Other Functions.Pieter E. Vermaas & Wybo Houkes - 2013 - In Philippe Huneman (ed.), Functions: Selection and Mechanisms. Springer. pp. 213--231.
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    Technological Innovation as an Unusual and Non-Biological Evolutionary Process.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2002 - 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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    Technological Innovation as an Unusual and Non-Biological Evolutionary Process.Pieter E. Vermaas - 2002 - 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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    Virtual Reality: Consequences of No-Go Theorems for the Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.Guido Bacciagaluppi & Pieter E. Vermaas - 1999 - In Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara (ed.), Language, Quantum, Music. pp. 117--128.
  48. Waar is dit ding voor? Een innovatieve etiologische theorie voor artefactfuncties.Wybo Houkes & Pieter Vermaas - 2002 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 94 (3).
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  49. Beyond Inevitability: Emphasizing the Role of Intention and Ethical Responsibility in Engineering Design.Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore, Kathryn A. Neeley & Heinz C. Luegenbiehl - 2008 - In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
     
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  50. Cities, Aesthetics, and Human Community: Some Thoughts on the Limits of Design.Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & J. Craig Hanks - 2008 - In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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