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By Wybo Houkes

This first book-length research within the philosophy of technical artefacts and their technical services offers a brand new action-theoretical account of utilizing and designing known as the ICE idea. This thought connects the cloth aspect of technical artefacts with the goals of daily clients and the initiatives of engineers while designing for these daily clients.

Wybo Houkes and Pieter Vermaas have built ICE thought in shut touch with the engineering literature on designing and the literature on features within the philosophy of biology and philosophy of brain. As such the publication is a telling instance of the profitable new university of philosophy of know-how that's geared toward figuring out engineering and know-how all alone benefits.

The e-book provides the reader with a wide and distinct realizing of technical artefacts and their capabilities, that's delicate to the dynamic and socially based practices of utilizing and designing. This realizing indicates how our technology-saturated way of life may be subjected to rigorous philosophical research, and the way artefacts and technical features supply a space of inquiry that's both attention-grabbing as, yet really diversified from, organic goods and their functions.

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Means-end consistency The effectiveness of many use plans depends on the availability of various means. Using a coffee percolator to make coffee is ineffective if one does not have a coffee percolator, but also requires coffee and water. Means-end consistency includes both the availability of the artefact itself and of auxiliary items; our use-plan approach does not distinguish between the two. A plan is means-end consistent if and only if the agent executing it reasonably believes that both the artefact and auxiliary items are available to her.

13). Designing, even in this anecdotal key-retrieval example, is a more complicated process than our reconstruction suggests. Still, the given list of steps serves our immediate purposes: it makes possible an evaluative perspective on designing, and it brings out the relation between using and designing — also mainly insofar as this relation has evaluative aspects. We end this section with brief glosses on some parts of our reconstruction. General presentation We divide our reconstruction into three stages, which may in reality be connected by various feedback loops.

1. non-existence: designer d believes that object xn with physicochemical capacities {φn,1 , φn,2 , . }, which is one of the objects {x1 , x2 , . } manipulated in the course of executing p, does not exist. 2. design task : d intends to contribute to realising the goal state gn , consisting of the existence of a description of an object xn with physicochemical capacities {φn,1 , φn,2 , . }. 3. task setting: d intends to describe an object xn with capacities {φn,1 , φn,2 , . } for realising gn . 4.

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