Characterizing Functions based on Ontological Models from an Engineering Point of View

@inproceedings{Kitamura2010CharacterizingFB,
  title={Characterizing Functions based on Ontological Models from an Engineering Point of View},
  author={Yoshinobu Kitamura and Riichiro Mizoguchi},
  booktitle={FOIS},
  year={2010}
}
The purpose of this paper is to characterize some definitions of function in engineering and philosophy from an engineering point of view. To do this, this paper firstly discusses some fundamental kinds of function based on ontological distinctions. Next, based on them, we characterize our definition with justifications from the engineering view and present an ontological model of artifact function along the product life-cycle. Then, we try to characterize a philosophical definition of… CONTINUE READING