Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38 (6):jht051 (2013)

Philip Reed
Canisius College
Next SectionIt is commonly proposed that artifacts cannot be understood without reference to human intentions. This fact, I contend, has relevance to the use of artifacts in intentional action. I argue that because artifacts have intentions embedded into them antecedently, when we use artifacts we are sometimes compelled to intend descriptions of our actions that we might, for various reasons, be inclined to believe that we do not intend. I focus this argument to a specific set of artifacts, namely, medical devices, before considering an extended application to emergency contraceptive devices. Although there is some debate about whether emergency contraception has an abortifacient effect, I argue that if there is an abortifacient effect, then the effect cannot normally be a side effect of one’s action
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/jmp/jht051
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,091
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Construction of Social Reality.Alan Nelson - 1995 - Ethics 108 (1):208-210.
Realism and Human Kinds.Amie L. Thomasson - 2003 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 67 (3):580–609.
On Artifacts and Works of Art.Risto Hilpinen - 1992 - Theoria 58 (1):58-82.

View all 16 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Is “Aid in Dying” Suicide?Philip Reed - 2019 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 40 (2):123-139.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
46 ( #246,029 of 2,506,168 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #416,984 of 2,506,168 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes