On the theoretical motivation for positing etiological functions
2011 (English)In: Canadian journal of philosophy, ISSN 0045-5091, E-ISSN 1911-0820, Vol. 41, no 3, 371-390 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper argues that the widely accepted etiological notion of function finds no solid support in biological theory. While the notion may seem to be called for by entrenched linguistic practice, I claim that the arguments that have been raised in its favour do not succeed in providing a theoretical motivation for it. This verdict is bound to transfer to philosophical contexts where the notion is put to use, teleosemantics being the perhaps most debated application.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 41, no 3, 371-390 p.
Research subject Theoretical Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-63296DOI: 10.1353/cjp.2011.0026ISI: 000299762300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-63296DiVA: diva2:448275