The Ontology of Artifacts
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: Philosophical Explorations, Jun2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p99-111, 13p
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    Beginning with Aristotle, philosophers have taken artifacts to be ontologically deficient. This paper proposes a theory of artifacts, according to which artifacts are ontologically on a par with other material objects. I formulate a nonreductive theory that regards artifacts as constituted by--but not identical to--aggregates of particles. After setting out the theory, I rebut a number of arguments that disparage the ontological status of artifacts.

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