The Philosophy of Science and Engineering Design

  • Dingmar van Eck

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

About this book


This book discusses the relationship between the philosophy of science and philosophy of engineering, and demonstrates how philosophers of engineering design as well as design researchers can benefit from the conceptual toolkit that the philosophy of science has to offer. 

In this regard, it employs conceptual tools from the philosophical literature on scientific explanation to address key issues in engineering design and philosophy of engineering design. Specifically, the book focuses on assessing the explanatory value of function ascriptions used in engineering design and philosophy of technical functions; on elaborating the structure of explanation in engineering design; on assessing the role and value of design representations in engineering design and philosophy thereof; and on elaborating means for the testing of design methods.

Presenting a novel and effective approach to tackling key issues in the field, philosophers of engineering and design alike will greatly benefit from this book.


Philosophy of Engineering Design Philosophy of Science Mechanistic Framework in Engineering Science Technical Function Theories Testing of Design Methods Function Ascriptions Functional vs. Teleological Explanation Malfunction Explanation The Problem of the Absent Artifact Roles of Design Representations

Authors and affiliations

  • Dingmar van Eck
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for logic and Philosophy of ScienceGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-35154-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-35155-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4548
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4556
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