Normality as a Biological Concept

  title={Normality as a Biological Concept},
  author={Robert Samuel Wachbroit},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={579 - 591}
  • R. Wachbroit
  • Published 1 December 1994
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Science
The biological sciences employ a concept of normality that must be distinguished from statistical or value concepts. The concept of normality is presupposed in the standard explications of biological functions, and it is crucial to the strategy of explanation by approximations in, for example, physiology. Nevertheless, this concept of normality does not seem to be captured in the language of physics. Thus attempts at explaining the methodological relationship between the biological sciences and… 
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