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Norms of nature : naturalism and the nature of functions

Author: Paul Sheldon Davies
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : MIT, 2003.
Series: Bradford book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st MIT Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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The components of living systems strike us as functional-as for the sake of certain ends--and as endowed with specific norms of performance. The mammalian eye, for example, has the function of perceiving and processing light, and possession of this property tempts us to claim that token eyes are supposed to perceive and process light. That is, we tend to evaluate the performance of token eyes against the norm  Read more...
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Davies, Paul Sheldon.
Norms of nature.
Cambridge, Mass. ; London : MIT, 2003
(OCoLC)51839860
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Sheldon Davies
ISBN: 9780262271257 0262271257 0585481040 9780585481043 0262041871 9780262041874 0262541440 9780262541442
OCLC Number: 53883430
Language Note: English.
Notes: Originally published: 2001.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 234 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Bradford book.
Responsibility: Paul Sheldon Davies.

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An argument against the view that natural norms are constituted out of some form of historical success.  Read more...

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