Boston University, USA
Visiting Fellow and Mellon Postdoc
Academic Year 1989-90
Univeristy of Georgia
A Philosophy of Material Culture: Action, Function and Mind. To be published by Routledge, hopefully before the end of 2012.
Articles and Book Chapters
Philosophical Theories of Artifact Function, in Handbooks of Philosophy of Science, series
editors Dov Gabbay, Paul Thagard, and John Woods; The Handbook of the Philosophy of Technological Sciences, Anthonie Meijers, ed., Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2009.
Biological and Cultural Proper Functions in Comparative Perspective, in Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives (Vienna Studies in Theoretical Biology, Volume 9), Ulrich Krohs and Peter Kroes, eds. MIT Press, 2009.
The Shrinkage Factor: Comment on Lynne Rudder Baker’s “The Shrinking Difference Between
Artifacts and Natural Objects,” American Philosophical Association: Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers 8 (1) (Fall 2008). http://www.apaonline.org/publications/newsletters/v08n1_Computers_12.aspx
The Functions of Things: A Philosophical Perspective on Material Culture, in Matter, Materiality and Modern Culture, Paul Graves-Brown, ed., Routledge, 2000: 22-49.
Cognition and Tool Use, Mind & Language 13 (4), December 1998: 513-547.Why is a Wing Like a Spoon? A Pluralist Theory of Function, The Journal of Philosophy 95 (5),
My book came out with Routledge at the end of 2012:
Beth Preston. A Philosophy of Material Culture: Action, Function, and Mind. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Another recent article that might be of interest to the Center's affiliates is:
Beth Preston. "Synthetic Biology as Red Herring." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part C:
Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Volume 44, Issue 4, Part B, December 2013: 649–659.