Nature's Purposes: Analyses of Function and Design in Biology / Edition 1

Nature's Purposes: Analyses of Function and Design in Biology / Edition 1

by Colin Allen
     
 

This volume provides a guide to the discussion among biologists and philosophers about the role of concepts such as function and design in an evolutionary understanding of life.See more details below

Overview

This volume provides a guide to the discussion among biologists and philosophers about the role of concepts such as function and design in an evolutionary understanding of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262510974
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/03/1998
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
603
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Colin Allen is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. He is the coauthor of Nature's Purposes (MIT Press, 1998), Species of Mind (MIT Press, 1997), and The Cognitive Animal (MIT Press, 2001).

Marc Bekoff is Professor of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
ILooking Backwards: Teleology as Etiology27
1Teleological Explanations in Evolutionary Biology29
2Functions51
3Biological Teleology: Questions and Explanations79
IIDon't Look Back: Nonhistorical Approaches to Biological Teleology99
4The Inference of Function from Structure in Fossils101
5Adaptation and the Form-Function Complex117
6Functional Analysis169
7Teleology Revisited197
8Functions241
9Where's the Good in Teleology?261
IIICritical Developments293
10In Defense of Proper Functions295
11Functions as Selected Effects: The Conceptual Analyst's Defense313
12Function without Purpose: The Uses of Causal Role Function in Evolutionary Biology335
13Functions and Goal Directedness371
14Function, Fitness, and Disposition395
IVSynthesis or Pluralism?417
15The Concept of Function419
16Functional Analysis and Proper Functions435
17A Modern History Theory of Functions453
18Function and Design479
VDesign505
19Historical Biology and the Problem of Design507
20Exaptation - A Missing Term in the Science of Form519
21Adaptation and the Form-Function Relation541
22Biological Function, Adaptation, and Natural Design571
Index589
Contributors596

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