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作者 McLaughlin, Peter
書名 What Functions Explain : Functional Explanation and Self-Reproducing Systems
出版項 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000
©2000
國際標準書號 9780511152856 (electronic bk.)
9780521782333
book jacket
說明 1 online resource (273 pages)
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computer c rdamedia
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系列 Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
附註 Cover -- Half-title -- Series-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Part I Functions and Intentions -- 1 Introduction -- 2 The Problem of Teleology -- FORMAL AND FINAL CAUSES -- TELEOLOGY AND MODERN SCIENCE -- CONCEPTS OF TELEOLOGY IN BIOLOGY -- RANGE AND NATURE OF TELEOLOGICAL STATEMENTS -- 3 Intentions and the Functions of Artifacts -- ACTUAL AND VIRTUAL (RE)ASSEMBLY -- BENEFIT AND APPARENT BENEFIT -- Part II The Analysis of Functional Explanation -- 4 Basic Positions in Philosophy of Science: Hempel and Nagel -- FUNCTION AS CAUSE AND EFFECT -- LIMITS OF THE STANDARD ANALYSES -- INTRINSIC AND RELATIVE PURPOSIVENESS -- LATER DEVELOPMENTS -- 5 The Etiological View -- BIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS -- SOCIAL FUNCTIONS -- ETIOLOGY AND FUNCTION -- PROPER FUNCTIONS -- RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND A RECAPITULATION -- 6 The Dispositional View -- CAUSAL ROLE FUNCTIONS -- THE PROPENSITY VIEW -- PROPENSITY AS A UNIFICATION THEORY -- COUNTEREXAMPLES -- HEURISTICS -- Part III Self-Reproducing Systems -- 7 Artifacts and Organisms -- AN OLD ANALOGY -- NATURE AND SELECTION -- DESIGN AND NATURAL SELECTION -- SELECTION OF PARTS AND SELECTION OF WHOLES -- 8 Feedback Mechanisms and Their Beneficiaries -- NONHEREDITARY FEEDBACK -- A SHORT HISTORY OF THE NOTION OF A SELF-REPRODUCING SYSTEM -- A NATURALISTIC FABLE -- THE LIMITS OF NATURAL SELECTION -- 9 Having a Good -- VON WRIGHT'S ANALYSIS -- THE INTERESTS OF PLANTS AND ARTIFACTS -- BACK TO ARISTOTLE -- 10 What Functions Explain -- Notes -- CHAPTER 1 -- CHAPTER 2 -- CHAPTER 3 -- CHAPTER 4 -- CHAPTER 5 -- CHAPTER 6 -- INTRODUCTION TO PART III -- CHAPTER 7 -- CHAPTER 8 -- CHAPTER 9 -- CHAPTER 10 -- Bibliography -- Index
This 2001 book provides a sophisticated and detailed Aristotelian analysis of our concept of natural functions
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
鏈接 Print version: McLaughlin, Peter What Functions Explain : Functional Explanation and Self-Reproducing Systems Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,c2000 9780521782333
主題 Biology--Philosophy
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Alt Author Ruse, Michael
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