Affiliations: The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to provide a logically accurate and technologically sound taxonomy of artifact functions. To this end, I review one of the recent proposals of such taxonomy: the Reconciled Functional Basis. Since it turns out that this taxonomy involves some serious shortcomings, I attempt to refine it with the help of the conceptual framework of DOLCE, which is a foundational ontology in Knowledge Representation research.
Keywords: Taxonomy, function, ontology, state of affairs, artifact