Pluralism on artefact categories : a philosophical defense

W.N. Houkes, P.E. Vermaas

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In this paper we use our work in the philosophy of technology to formulate a pluralist view on artefact categories and categorisation principles, as studied in cognitive science. We argue, on the basis of classifications derived by philosophical reconstruction, that artefacts can be clustered in more than one way, and that each clustering may be taken as defining psychological artefact categories. We contrast this pluralism with essentialism and super-minimalism on artefact categories and we argue that pluralism is coherent with experimental results regarding the context-dependence of artefact categorisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-557
Number of pages15
JournalReview of Philosophy and Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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