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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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How Biological, Cultural, and Intended Functions Combine

How Biological, Cultural, and Intended Functions Combine

(p.51) 4 How Biological, Cultural, and Intended Functions Combine
Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds

Françoise Longy

The MIT Press

This chapter describes the gap between biological and artifactual functions. It questions whether there is a conceptually clear distinction between both domains that needs to be bridged at all. It suggests that artifact functions are not as easy to analyze as one might have first thought. It examines what is going on with biological and artifactual functions at three decisive points: when the artifactual encounters the biological; when new functions become culturally established; and c) when new artifacts are invented. This chapter shows mixed functions, functions that were crossing boundaries, and mixing elements of various sorts.

Keywords:   biological functions, artifactual functions, mixed functions

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