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[Revised entry by Beth Preston on October 3, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
The contemporary world is pervasively artifactual. Even our most mundane, biologically based activities, such as eating, sleeping, and sex, depend on engagement with artifacts. Moreover, many of the plants and animals we encounter on a daily basis qualify as biological artifacts (Sperber 2007). But unlike language – which also pervades human life from top to bottom – artifacts as such are not the subject matter of any well-defined area of philosophical research. This is as much the case today as it has been throughout the history…

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