The natural/artificial distinction

Philosophy

 

Host Department
Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied
Psychology

 

Webpage
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Project documents

 

Research Topic A

The natural/artificial distinction

 

In the philosophical literature it is sometimes assumed that it is possible to divide the domain of concrete objects into natural and artificial ones. Such assumption strongly derives from our intuitions on material objects. These intuitions are well expressed in natural language and have, as an extension, the distinction between artifact kinds and natural kinds. The project aims to analyse artifact kinds and/or natural kinds from a metaphysical and/or a semantical point of view.

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