Teleology in Biology: A Kantian Perspective

  title={Teleology in Biology: A Kantian Perspective},
  author={Angela Breitenbach},
  journal={Kant Yearbook},
  pages={31 - 56}
One of the most widely debated issues in contemporary philosophy of biology is the prob lem of teleology. How are we to understand apparently teleological concepts, such as that of a “function”, given our conception of science as providing causal explanations for nat ural phenomena? In this paper, I reconsider this debate from a Kantian perspective. The crucial contribution of the Kantian account is to argue both that teleology plays an impor tant heuristic role in the search for causal… 

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