Artefact Kinds pp 105-124 | Cite as

Creating Artifactual Kinds

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Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 365)

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to assess how two widespread types of theory on the nature of artifact kinds (i.e., functional and intentional theories) address the creation requirement, which demands an account of the appearance of genuinely new artifacts resulting from intentional creative processes. It attempts to show that both types of position do not satisfy this requirement. Functional theories that refer to a causal reproductive history cannot account for the nature of newly created artifact kinds, because artifacts belonging to these kinds do not have ancestors. Intentional theories that make the emergence of a new artifact kind dependent on the possession of a new concept of that artifact kind face a dilemma: either they have to excessively weaken the conditions for possessing a concept of an artifact kind or they need to concede that the constitution of the newly created kind cannot depend completely on such a concept. We conclude the chapter by arguing that if any account which treats artifacts as products of intentional creations cannot be separated from adopting a stance on what artifacts really are, then there are four aspects that must be taken into account for satisfactorily dealing with the ontology of artifacts.

Keywords

Artifact concepts Artifact normativity Artifactual novelty Creation requirement Functional account Historical-intentional account 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Filosofía y LetrasUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Sociedad Argentina de Análisis FilosóficoCiudad Autónoma de Buenos AiresArgentina

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