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Functions : selection and mechanisms

Author: Philippe Huneman
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2013.
Series: Synthese library, v. 363.
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This volume handles in various perspectives the concept of function and the nature of functional explanations, topics much discussed since two major and conflicting accounts have been raised by Larry Wright and Robert Cummins's papers in the 1970s. Here, both Wright's 'etiological theory of functions' and Cummins's 'systemic' conception of functions are refined and elaborated in the light of current scientific  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Huneman, Philippe.
Functions : selection and mechanisms.
Dordrecht : Springer, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philippe Huneman
ISBN: 9789400753044 9400753047
OCLC Number: 828864051
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Biological Functions and Functional Explanations: Genes, Cells, Organisms and Ecosystems & Functions, Organization and Development in Life Sciences --
Evolution and the Stability of Functional Architectures / William C. Wimsatt --
Mechanism, Emergence, and Miscibility: The Autonomy of Evo-Devo / Denis M. Walsh --
Does Oxygen Have a Function, or Where Should the Regress of Functional Ascriptions Stop in Biology? / Jean Gayon --
Biological Functions and Functional Explanations: Genes, Cells, Organisms and Ecosystems & Functional Pluralism for Biologists? --
How Ecosystem Evolution Strengthens the Case for Functional Pluralism / Frédéric Bouchard --
A General Case for Functional Pluralism / Robert N. Brandon --
Weak Realism in the Etiological Theory of Functions / Philippe Huneman --
Psychology, Philosophy of Mind and Technology: Functions in a Man's World & Metaphysics, Function and Philosophy of Mind --
Functions and Mechanisms: A Perspectivalist View / Carl F. Craver --
Understanding the Sciences Through the Fog of "Functionalism(s)" / Carl Gillett --
Psychology, Philosophy of Mind and Technology: Functions in a Man's World & Philosophy of Technology, Design and Functions --
Artifacts and Organisms: A Case for a New Etiological Theory of Functions / Françoise Longy --
Functions as Epistemic Highlighters: An Engineering Account of Technical, Biological and Other Functions / Pieter E. Vermaas, Wybo Houkes.
Series Title: Synthese library, v. 363.
Responsibility: Philippe Huneman, editor.

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This book collects cutting-edge research on the complexities that distinguish function theory. Rather than debate a single theory of functions, the book presents the richness of philosophical issues  Read more...

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