What serves a clove hitch? Reflections on the functions of artificial and natural designs in a world without functions

Sergio Balari, Guillermo Lorenzo

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Abstract

This article defends an eliminativist stance concerning the functions of artificial and natural designs. An illustrative sample of each type of object, both sharing an evident functional unspecificity, is discussed. The conclusion is reached that the only thing that matters when trying to understand how objects interact with their natural or technological environments are the formal properties they possess. The article also contends that such an eliminativist position does not prevent us from answering certain questions which are considered hard to solve in a 'world without functions'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-76
JournalTeorema
Volume29
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Adaptationism
  • Formalism
  • Functionalism
  • Language
  • Teleology

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