Functions in Biological 4nd Artificial W08rlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives
Ulrich Krohs, Peter Kroes, "Functions in Biological 4nd Artificial W08rlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives"
2009 | pages: 313 | ISBN: 026211321X | PDF | 2,7 mb
Investigations 1n8t0 the relationship between 08rganism 4nd artifacts from the perspective of functionality.
The notion of function is an integral part of thinking in both biology 4nd technology biological 08rganisms 4nd technical artifacts are both ascribed functionality. Yet the concept of function is not08riously obscure (with problematic issues regarding the n08rmative 4nd the descriptive nature of functions, f08r example) 4nd dem4nds philosophical clarification. So too the relationship between biological 08rganisms 4nd technical artifacts: although entities of one kind are often described in terms of the other – as in the machine analogy f08r biological 08rganism 08r the evolutionary account of technological development – the parallels between the two break down at certain points. This volume takes on both issues 4nd examines the relationship between 08rganisms 4nd artifacts from the perspective of functionality. Believing that the concept of function is the root of an accurate underst4nding of biological 08rganisms, technical artifacts, 4nd the relation between the two, the contribut08rs take an integrative approach, offering philosophical analyses that embrace both biological 4nd technical fields of function ascription. They aim at a better underst4nding not only of the concept of function but also of the similarities 4nd differences between 08rganisms 4nd artifacts as they relate to functionality. Their ontological, epistemological, 4nd phenomenological comparisons will clarify problems that are central to the philosophies of both biology 4nd technology.
Paul Sheldon Davies, Maarten Franssen, Wybo Houkes, Yoshinobu Kitamura, Peter Kroes, Ulrich Krohs, Tim Lewens, Andrew Light, Françoise Longy, Peter McLaughlin, Riichiro Mizoguchi, Mark Perlman, Beth Preston, Giacomo Romano, Marzia Soavi, Pieter E. Vermaas