Function without purpose

@article{Amundson1994FunctionWP,
  title={Function without purpose},
  author={R. Amundson and G. Lauder},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  year={1994},
  volume={9},
  pages={443-469}
}
Philosophers of evolutionary biology favor the so-called “etiological concept” of function according to which the function of a trait is its evolutionary purpose, defined as the effect for which that trait was favored by natural selection. We term this the selected effect (SE) analysis of function. An alternative account of function was introduced by Robert Cummins in a non-evolutionary and non-purposive context. Cummins's account has received attention but little support from philosophers of… Expand
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