Artefacts are usually understood in contrast with natural kinds and conceived as a unitary kind. Here we propose that there is in fact a variety of artefacts: from the more concrete to the more abstract ones. Moreover, not every artefact is able to fulfil its function thanks to its physical properties: Some artefacts, particularly what we call "institutional" artefacts, are symbolic in nature and require a system of rules to exist and to fulfil their function. Adopting a standard method to measure conceptual representation (the property generation task), we have experimentally explored how humans conceptualise these different kinds of artefacts. Results indicate that institutional artefacts are typically opposed to social objects, while being more similar to standard artefacts, be they abstract or concrete. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
A marriage is an artefact and not a walk that we take together: An experimental study on the categorization of artefacts
Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht , Paesi Bassi
Review of philosophy and psychology (Online) 4 (2013): 527–542. doi:10.1007/s13164-013-0150-7
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