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Technical Artifact: An Integrated Perspective

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Technical Artifact: An Integrated Perspective
Abstract. In this paper three perspectives are presented on defining the general notion of technical artifacts in formal ontologies. These perspectives share two intuitions: that technical artifacts are objects that exist by human intervention; and that technical artifacts are to be contrasted to natural entities. Yet the perspectives are different in the way they spell out these intuitions: the relevant human intervention may range from intentional selection to intentional production; and the contrast between technical artifacts and natural entities may be introduced by a constitution relation or by defining properties that set technical artifacts apart. The three perspectives are compared and their similarities and dissimilarities are explored. Keywords. technical artifact, formal ontology, natural-artificial distinction
Stefano Borgo, Maarten Franssen, Pawel Garbacz, Yo
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Type Journal
Year 2011
Where FOMI
Authors Stefano Borgo, Maarten Franssen, Pawel Garbacz, Yoshinobu Kitamura, Riichiro Mizoguchi, Pieter E. Vermaas
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