Functional explanation and the function of explanation

@article{Lombrozo2006FunctionalEA,
  title={Functional explanation and the function of explanation},
  author={Tania Lombrozo and Susan Carey},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2006},
  volume={99},
  pages={167-204}
}
Teleological explanations (TEs) account for the existence or properties of an entity in terms of a function: we have hearts because they pump blood, and telephones for communication. While many teleological explanations seem appropriate, others are clearly not warranted--for example, that rain exists for plants to grow. Five experiments explore the theoretical commitments that underlie teleological explanations. With the analysis of [Wright, L. (1976). Teleological Explanations. Berkeley, CA… CONTINUE READING

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