Functions as Selected Effects: The Conceptual Analyst's Defense

@article{Neander1991FunctionsAS,
  title={Functions as Selected Effects: The Conceptual Analyst's Defense},
  author={Karen Neander},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={1991},
  volume={58},
  pages={168 - 184}
}
In this paper I defend an etiological theory of biological functions (according to which the proper function of a trait is the effect for which it was selected by natural selection) against three objections which have been influential. I argue, contrary to Millikan, that it is wrong to base our defense of the theory on a rejection of conceptual analysis, for conceptual analysis does have an important role in philosophy of science. I also argue that biology requires a normative notion of a… Expand
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