Teleology in biology: Is it a cause for concern?

Abstract

Evolutionary biology is distinctively forward looking or 'teleological' in its way of thought. In this, it distinguishes itself from the physical sciences. One can ask for the purpose or function of the stegoseaur's fins. One would never ask for the function of a planet. Many, including biologists, worry that such teleology is an unhappy legacy of a… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/0169-5347(89)90143-2

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