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Functions in Biological and Artificial WorldsComparative Philosophical Perspectives$
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Ulrich Krohs and Peter Kroes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262113212

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262113212.001.0001

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Philosophical Perspectives on Organismic and Artifactual Functions

Philosophical Perspectives on Organismic and Artifactual Functions

(p.3) 1 Philosophical Perspectives on Organismic and Artifactual Functions
Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds

Ulrich Krohs

Peter Kroes

The MIT Press

This book tries to elaborate the functionality of biological organisms and of technical artifacts. It also presents proper philosophical analyses of the concept of function from a perspective that embraces both fields of function ascription. It aims at a better understanding of the concept of “function” itself and also much more generally of the similarities and differences between organisms and artifacts insofar as they are related to functionality. It then contributes to the emancipation of the philosophy of technical artifacts. It provides a number of significant results that must be taken into account in future discussions about the possibility of a unified function theory for biology and technology.

Keywords:   functionality, biological organisms, technical artifacts, philosophy, biology, technology

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