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Simons, Peter

Artifact


ISBN: 978-3-88405-570-0

Price: €9.80 (including 19 % tax)


An artifact is an enduring object deliberately made by one or more agents in order to perform some function or fulfill some purpose. Almost all artifacts relate to mereology in several ways: artifacts are in many respects the domain of applied mereology. The making of artifacts typically involves some of the following mereological operations: (1) separation for use of a part from a larger object; (2) removal of parts from a larger object to make it suitable; (3) formation of an individual object from a mass of material; (4) joining together two or more objects to make a larger one; (5) reshaping an object, changing the relative spatial positions of its parts. Simple examples are: (1) cutting a branch from a tree to make a walking stick; (2) stripping its leaves and twigs; (3) casting molten metal to make a ferrule; (4) fitting the ferrule  to the stick; (5) bending the other end to serve as a handle. These types of operation, repeated in numberless variants, are employed in making anything from chipped hand axes to aircraft. An artifact in use has parts which ...


 


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