Function theories

  • Wybo Houkes
  • Pieter E. Vermaas
Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 1)


In the previous chapter we analysed the using and designing of artefacts in terms of the goals, beliefs and actions of the agents involved. In this chapter we switch to a perspective on artefact teleology that is more common in philosophy and engineering. This object-oriented perspective brings us to our central project of developing an adequate theory of technical functions.


Function Theory Technical Function Proper Function Functional Description Technical Domain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy & Ethics of TechnologyEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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