A Philosophy of Material Culture: Action, Function, and Mind by Beth Preston

By Beth Preston

This publication specializes in fabric tradition as an issue of philosophical inquiry and promotes the philosophical learn of fabric tradition by means of articulating the various crucial and tough concerns raised by means of this subject and supplying cutting edge strategies to them, so much particularly an account of improvised motion and a non-intentionalist account of functionality in fabric tradition.

Preston argues that fabric tradition basically contains actions of construction and use; she as a result adopts an action-theoretic origin for a philosophy of fabric tradition. half 1 illustrates this starting place via a critique, revision, and extension of current philosophical theories of motion. half 2 investigates a salient function of fabric tradition itself—its performance. A uncomplicated account of functionality in fabric tradition is built via revising and increasing current theories of organic functionality to slot the cultural case. the following the changes are for the main half necessitated through specific positive factors of functionality in fabric tradition.


These components of the undertaking are held jointly by way of a trio of overarching topics: the connection among person and society, the matter of centralized regulate, and creativity.

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