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A Philosophy of Material Culture: Action, Function, and Mind

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by Beth Preston

    • Book Format

      Paperback / softback

    • Publisher

      Routledge

    • Published

      July 2016

    • Weight

      359g

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      A Philosophy of Material Culture: Action, Function, and Mind

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      Product Description

      This book focuses on material culture as a subject of philosophical inquiry and promotes the philosophical study of material culture by articulating some of the central and difficult issues raised by this topic and providing innovative solutions to them, most notably an account of improvised action and a non-intentionalist account of function in material culture.

      Preston argues that material culture essentially involves activities of production and use; she therefore adopts an action-theoretic foundation for a philosophy of material culture. Part 1 illustrates this foundation through a critique, revision, and extension of existing philosophical theories of action. Part 2 investigates a salient feature of material culture itself-its functionality. A basic account of function in material culture is constructed by revising and extending existing theories of biological function to fit the cultural case. Here the adjustments are for the most part necessitated by special features of function in material culture.

      These two parts of the project are held together by a trio of overarching themes: the relationship between individual and society, the problem of centralized control, and creativity.

      Specification

      • Book Format

        Paperback / softback

      • Publisher

        Routledge

      • Published

        July 2016

      • Weight

        359g

      • Dimensions

        153 x 229 x 14 mm

      • ISBN

        9781138210226

      • ISBN-10

        1138210226

      • Eden Code

        4734401

      More Information

      • ISBN: 9781138210226

      • Publisher: Routledge

      • Release Date: July 2016

      • Weight: 359g

      • Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 14 mm

      • Eden Code: 4734401


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