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Epistemology and artifacts

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The aim of this project is to advance an epistemology of artifacts in two of its most important aspects: the first concerns the kinds of knowledge we acquire about these objects; the second has to do with their contribution to the acquisition of knowledge in different epistemic contexts.

  1. In order to develop the first approach, we take as our starting hypothesis the idea that artifacts have a number of perceptual affordances that support a form of practical familiarity. Both theknowledge of the maker and the knowledge of those who don't make artifacts is based on forms of practical knowledge. Practical familiarity with these objects is organized as a peculiar form ofintentional access, as an identification of opportunities for action. This project seeks to distinguish different modes of epistemic access to artifacts, to explain the apparent privileged knowledge of the maker, to find a foundation for these kinds of knowledge in the most basic forms of practical familiarity and to develop a conception of the possession of artifact concepts.
  2. An epistemology of artifacts is incomplete without a study of how they contribute to producingand distributing knowledge. Artifacts and tools (especially scientific instruments) contributedifferently to the resolution of epistemic tasks. This project aims to identify different cognitive and epistemic conditions on the use of artifacts, to provide an explanation for the nature of genuinelyepistemic artifacts based on their coupling with material symbols and develop typologies of scientific instruments depending on the epistemic role they play in the context of science.

 

Investigadores

Jesús Vega Encabo
UAM, Spain. Project coordinator
Research Interests: Epistemology, practical knowledge, epistemic artefacts, philosophy of technology.

jesus.vega@uam.es

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Javier Ordoñez

UAM, Spain
Research Interests: History of science, history of emotions.

javier.ordonnez@uam.es


Diego Lawler

CONICET, Argentina
Research Interests: Philosophy of technology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of action. Especially, metaphysical and epistemological issues on these fields.

diego_lawer@yahoo.com


Diego Parente

CONICET, Argentina
Research Interests: Philosophy of technology, ontology of artefacts, agency and intentionality

dparente@uolsinectis.com.ar

María Muñoz Serrano
UAM, Spain
Research Interests: Epistemology of artefacts, philosophy of mind, social cognition and intentionality.

mm.serrano@uam.es

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Publicaciones

2011 and in press

Broncano, F. & Vega, J. (2011), “Engaged Epistemic Agents”, Critica, 128, 55-79.
Lawler, D. y Vega, J. (in press), “Creating artifactual kinds”, in M. Franssen, P. Kroes y P. Veermas (eds.): The Metaphysics of Technical Artefacts, Synthese Library, Special Volume.
Vega, J. (in press), “Técnica, normatividad y sobrenaturaleza: Ontología para un mundo de artefactos”, Estudios orteguianos.
Vega, J. (2011), “¿Es la racionalidad de la ciencia una especie de la racionalidad práctica?”, Dianoia, 67, 13-41.
Vega, J. (2011), “Self-knowledge as knowledge?”, Teorema, XXX(3).

2010

Lawler D. y Vega, J. (2010), “Clases artificiales”, Azafea. Revista de Filosofía 12, 119-147.
Lawler, D. (2010), “Conflictos inherentes: racionalidad práctica y tecnología”, en Actas de las Jornadas Nacionales de Ética 2009: Conflictividad, Buenos Aires, Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales, 723-733.
Lawler, D. (2010), “Intenciones y artificios”, Revista CTS, 14.
Muñoz, M. y Díaz, A. (2010): "Inteligencia Artificial Ecológica: para una nueva generación de robots", Factótum. Revista de Filosofía, 7, 53-61.
Pérez, D., Español, S., Skidelsky, L. y Minervino, R. (2010), Conceptos. Debates contemporáneos en filosofía y psicología, Catálogos, Buenos Aires.
Vega, J. (2010), “El “estado de excepción” de la filosofía”, Análisis filosófico, XXX(1), 76-102.
Vega, J. (2010), Los saberes de Odiseo. Una filosofía de la técnica, Eudeba, Buenos Aires.

2009

Vega, J. (2009), “Estado de la cuestión: Filosofía de la tecnología”, Theoria, 66,323-341.

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