Affiliations: Universitat de Barcelona & LOGOS, Barcelona, Spain. E-mail: [email protected]
Note:  Accepted by: Pawel Garbacz
Abstract: In this essay I introduce the question of artifactual functions in the context of the recent debate on the notion of function. I discuss some of the desiderata a satisfactory account should fulfill and compare them to the desiderata for a theory of biological functions. Finally, within this general framework, I briefly present the three papers included in this volume.
Keywords: Function, normativity, teleology, epiphenomenalism, artifacts, etiological theory, dispositional theory