Artefacts and categories

Lieven Decock

Abstract


This article analyzes the relation between artefacts and categories within the embodied cognition paradigm. An evolutionary account of human cognition, in which artefacts play a central role, is put forward. It is argued that artefact creation and categorisation are entwined and have co-evolved. Some ontological corollaries with regard to artefacts’ creator’s intentions, artefact functions, artefact kinds, and the kind “artefact” are discussed. Possible limitations on the scope of the view are dismissed.

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