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Functions: selection and mechanisms

Functions: selection and mechanisms

by Philippe Huneman (Editor)


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This book collects cutting-edge research on the complexities that distinguish function theory. Rather than debate a single theory of functions, the book presents the richness of philosophical issues raised by functional discourse across the various sciences.

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ISBN-13: 9789400793378
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 03/06/2015
Series: Synthese Library , #363
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Section I. Biological functions and functional explanations: genes, cells, organisms and ecosystems.- Part 1.A. Functions, organization and development in life sciences.- Chapter 1. William C. Wimsatt. Evolution and the Stability of Functional Architectures.- Chapter 2. Denis M. Walsh. Teleological Emergence: The Autonomy of Evo-Devo.- Chapter 3. Jean Gayon. Does oxygen have a function, or: where should the regress of biological functions stop?.- Part 1.B. Functional pluralism for biologists? Chapter 4. Frédéric Bouchard. How ecosystem evolution strengthens the case for functional pluralism.- Chapter 5. Robert N. Brandon. A general case for functional pluralism.- Chapter 6. Philippe Huneman. Weak realism in the etiological theory of functions.- Section 2. Section II. Psychology, philosophy of mind and technology: Functions in a man’s world.- Part 2.A. 2A. Metaphysics, function and philosophy of mind.- Chapter 7. Carl Craver. Functions and Mechanisms in Contemporary Neuroscience.- Chapter 8. Carl Gillett. Understanding the sciences through the fog of ‘functionalism(s).’.- 2.B. Philosophy of technology , design and functions.- Chapter 9. Françoise Longy. Artifacts and Organisms: A Case for a New Etiological Theory of Functions.- Chapter 10. Pieter Vermaas and Wybo Houkes. Functions as Epistemic Highlighters: An Engineering Account of Technical, Biological and Other Functions.- Epilogue.- Larry Wright. Revising teleological explanations: reflections three decades on.

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