Biological Functions: A Critical Review and A Proposal

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https://doi.org/10.22370/rhv2022iss19pp395-409

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teleology, philosophy of biology, etiology, organizational theory, normativity

Abstract

This research aims to propose a new theory to account for the functions of biological objects. For this, I will show that the most accepted theories of biological functions fail, and then I will propose a new alternative that overcomes the given counterexamples. The research is divided into the following questions: i) appealing to various counterexamples, noting that there is no robust theory capable of accounting for the phenomenon; finally ii) I will give a minimal provisional / operational theory, which allows us to continue incorporating the functional dimension of the features.

Author Biography

Nicolás Alarcón, Universidad Andrés Bello

Profesor hora Universidad Andrés Bello

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Published

2022-05-30

How to Cite

Alarcón, N. (2022). Biological Functions: A Critical Review and A Proposal. Revista De Humanidades De Valparaíso, (19), 395–409. https://doi.org/10.22370/rhv2022iss19pp395-409

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