Deontology Versus Function and the Problem of Institutional Reality in Searle/Miller (1410 words)

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Question

What is an engineer?
Specifically, is an engineer anyone possessed of the deontic powers and responsibilities of an engineer, or is being an engineer essentially associated with "substantive functional capacities" as Seumas Miller would suggest below?
Some combination?
Something else?

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The question, “What is an engineer?” is really a question of what constitutes institutional reality. What are the necessary conditions that make being an engineer possible? I will try to answer this question by privileging Searle’s deontological account of institutional reality vis-a-vis Miller’s functional account, while at the same time demonstrating the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches to the problem....

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