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'.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2010|