Creations of the Mind: Theories of Artifacts and their Representation

Paperback | July 14, 2007

EditorEric Margolis, Stephen Laurence

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Creations of the Mind presents sixteen original essays by theorists from a wide variety of disciplines who have a shared interest in the nature of artifacts and their implications for the human mind. All the papers are written specially for this volume, and they cover a broad range of topicsconcerned with the metaphysics of artifacts, our concepts of artifacts and the categories that they represent, the emergence of an understanding of artifacts in infants' cognitive development, as well as the evolution of artifacts and the use of tools by non-human animals. This volume will be afascinating resource for philosophers, cognitive scientists, and psychologists, and the starting point for future research in the study of artifacts and their role in human understanding, development, and behaviour.Contributors: John R. Searle, Richard E. Grandy, Crawford L. Elder, Amie L. Thomasson, Jerrold Levinson, Barbara C. Malt, Steven A. Sloman, Dan Sperber, Hilary Kornblith, Paul Bloom, Bradford Z. Mahon, Alfonso Caramazza, Jean M. Mandler, Deborah Kelemen, Susan Carey, Frank C. Keil, Marissa L. Greif,Rebekkah S. Kerner, James L. Gould, Marc D. Hauser, Laurie R. Santos, Steven Mithen

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Creations of the Mind presents sixteen original essays by theorists from a wide variety of disciplines who have a shared interest in the nature of artifacts and their implications for the human mind. All the papers are written specially for this volume, and they cover a broad range of topicsconcerned with the metaphysics of artifacts,...

Eric Margolis is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Stephen Laurence is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:July 14, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPART I: METAPHYSICSJohn R. Searle: Social Ontology and the Philosophy of SocietyRichard E. Grandy: Artifacts: Parts and PrinciplesCrawford L. Elder: On the Place of Artifacts in OntologyAmie L. Thomasson: Artifacts and Human ConceptsJerrold Levinson: Artworks as ArtifactsPART II: CONCEPTS AND CATEGORIESBarbara C. Malt and Steven A. Sloman: Artifact Categorization: The Good, the Bad, and the UglyDan Sperber: Seedless Grapes: Nature and CultureHilary Kornblith: How to Refer to ArtifactsPaul Bloom: Water as an Artifact KindBradford Z. Mahon and Alfonso Caramazza: The Organization and Representation of Conceptual Knowledge in the Brain: Living Kinds and ArtifactsPART III: COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENTJean M. Mandler: The Conceptual Foundations of Animals and ArtifactsDeborah Kelemen and Susan Carey: The Essence of Artifacts: Developing the Design StanceFrank C. Keil, Marissa L. Greif, and Rebekkah S. Kerner: A World Apart: How Concepts of the Constructed World are Different in Representation and in DevelopmentPART IV: EVOLUTIONJames L. Gould: Animal ArtifactsMarc D. Hauser and Laurie R. Santos: The Evolutionary Ancestry of our Knowledge of Tools: From Percepts to ConceptsSteven Mithen: Creations of Pre-Modern Human Minds: Stone Tool Manufacture and Use by Homo Habilis, Heidelbergensis and Neanderthalensis