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Artifact


Peter Simons


Pages 68 - 70



An artifact is an enduring object deliberately made by one or more agents in order to perform some function or fulfill some purpose. Almost all artifacts relate to mereology in several ways: artifacts are in many respects the domain of applied mereology.




1Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin



1 Dipert, R. R., (1993), Artifacts, Art Works, and Agency, Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

2 Hilpinen, R., (1993), “Authors and Artifacts”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 93: 155-178.

3 Dement, C.W. and Simons, P., (1996), “Aspects of the Mereology of Artifacts” in Poli, R. and Simons, P. eds., Formal Ontology, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 255-276.

4 Simons, P., (2013), “Varieties of Parthood: Ontology Learns from Engineering”, in D. Michelfelder, N. McCarthy and D. Goldberg, eds., Philosophy and Engineering: Reflections on Practice, Principles and Process, Dordrecht: Springer, 151-163.

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