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  1. Jerold Jason Patrick Abrams (1999). Peirce on the Teleology of Inquiry: A Variation on Aristotle's Idea of Teleology. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
    Of the three traditional theories of truth, correspondence, coherence, and pragmatic, Peirce contributed the third. Truth, on this account, is what we will all agree to in the "long run." The long run is a form of teleology, but it is located outside of the present structure of inquiry, and draws inquiry toward a futuristic stasis. This account of teleology has been criticized by W. V. O. Quine, Rollin Workman, Michael Williams, Richard Rorty, Nicholas Rescher, and Paul Weiss. We are (...)
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  2. Peter Achinstein (1983). The Nature of Explanation. Oxford University Press.
    Offering a new approach to scientific explanation, this book focuses initially on the explaining act itself.
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  3. Peter Achinstein (1978). Teleology and Mentalism. Journal of Philosophy 75 (10):551-553.
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  4. Frederick R. Adams (1979). A Goal-State Theory of Function Attributions. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 9 (3):493 - 518.
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  5. E. Adomonis (2001). Teleology: Hindrance Rather Than Help. Filosofija. Sociologija 12 (1).
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  6. B. M. Akinnawonu (2006). „Teleological Explanations in History‟. Journal of Applied Philosophy 1 (1):188-194.
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  7. D. Maurice Allan (1952). Towards a Natural Teleology. Journal of Philosophy 49 (13):449-459.
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  8. Colin Allen, Teleological Notions in Biology.
    Teleological terms such as "function" and "design" appear frequently in the biological sciences. Examples of teleological claims include: A (biological) function of stotting by antelopes is to communicate to predators that they have been detected. Eagles' wings are (naturally) designed for soaring. Teleological notions were commonly associated with the pre-Darwinian view that the biological realm provides evidence of conscious design by a supernatural creator. Even after creationist viewpoints were rejected by most biologists there remained various grounds for concern about the (...)
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  9. Colin Allen, Marc Bekoff & George V. Lauder (eds.) (1998). Nature's Purposes: Analyses of Function and Design in Biology. The Mit Press.
  10. Harold Joseph Allen (1954). Teleology and the Activity of Natural Systems. Dissertation, Columbia University
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  11. Friedrich Alverdes (1937). Kausalität, Finalität Und Ganzheit. Acta Biotheoretica 3 (3):167-180.
    There is an autonomy in life that contrasts with physico-chemical processes. It has its own biological causality. Each type of life has its teleological as well as causal side. The researches of biology should therefore be devoted to causality and teleology simultaneously, and not to one or other exclusively. Causal and teleological interpretations must not however be confused. Every life is a whole; in the organism all vital processes are integrated, and causality and teleology inherent in the whole. For the (...)
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  12. Agnes Robertson Arber (1954/1985). The Mind and the Eye: A Study of the Biologist's Standpoint. Cambridge University Press.
    Agnes Arber's international reputation is due in part to her exceptional ability to interpret the German tradition of scholarship for the English-speaking world. The Mind and the Eye is an erudite book, revealing its author's familiarity with philosophy from Plato and Aristotle through Aquinas to Kant and Hegel; but it is not dull, because the quiet enthusiasm of the author shines through. In this book she turns from the work of a specialist in one science to those wider questions which (...)
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  13. Rosemarie Arbur (1983). Teleology of Human Nature for Mentality? In Robert E. Myers (ed.), The Intersection of Science Fiction and Philosophy: Critical Studies. Greenwood Press. 71--91.
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  14. Andre Ariew, Platonic and Aristotelian Roots of Teleological Arguments in Cosmology and Biology.
    AristotleÕs central argument for teleologyÑthough not necessarily his conclusionÑis repeated in the teleological arguments of Isaac Newton, Immanuel Kant, William Paley, and Charles Darwin. To appreciate AristotleÕs argument and its influence I assert, first, that AristotleÕs naturalistic teleology must be distinguished from PlatoÕs anthropomorphic one; second, the form of AristotleÕs arguments for teleology should be read as instances of inferences to the best explanation. On my reading, then, both NewtonÕs and PaleyÕs teleological arguments are Aristotelian while their conclusions are (...)
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  15. Andre Ariew (2007). Teleology. In David L. Hull & Michael Ruse (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology. Cambridge University Press.
    Teleology in biology is making headline news in the United States. Conservative Christians are utilizing a teleological argument for the existence of a supremely intelligent designer to justify legislation calling for the teaching of "intelligent design" (ID) in public schools. Teleological arguments of one form or another have been around since Antiquity. The contemporary argument from intelligent design varies little from William Paley's argument written in 1802. Both argue that nature exhibits too much complexity to be explained by 'mindless' natural (...)
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  16. W. R. Ashby (1947). The Nervous System as Physical Machine: With Special Reference to the Origin of Adaptive Behaviour. Mind 56 (January):44-59.
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  17. Stephen T. Asma (1994). Following Form and Function: Reflections on Nineteenth Century Biophilosophy. Dissertation, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
    This work is an examination of the metaphysical presuppositions involved in the science of organic form. Taking the dichotomy of structuralism versus functionalism in nineteenth century biology as the central subject of my study, I explore a network of unquestioned premises and isolate areas where empirical research programs and underlying metaphysical commitments both inform and hinder each other. ;I begin with the Cuvier-Geoffroy debate of 1830--a debate that clearly articulates the tensions between structuralist and functionalist approaches to organic form. On (...)
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  18. Francisco J. Ayala (2009). Masters. Causality and Design : Teleological Explanations in the Living World. In González Recio & José Luis (eds.), Philosophical Essays on Physics and Biology. G. Olms.
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  19. Francisco J. Ayala (1999). Adaptation and Novelty: Teleological Explanations in Evolutionary Biology. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 21 (1):3 - 33.
    Knives, birds' wings, and mountain slopes are used for certain purposes: cutting, flying, and climbing. A bird's wings have in common with knives that they have been 'designed' for the purpose they serve, which purpose accounts for their existence, whereas mountain slopes have come about by geological processes independently of their uses for climbing. A bird's wings differ from a knife in that they have not been designed or produced by any conscious agent; rather, the wings, like the slopes, are (...)
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  20. Francisco J. Ayala (1998). Teleological Explanations Versus Teleology. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 20 (1):41 - 50.
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  21. Francisco J. Ayala (1970). Teleological Explanations in Evolutionary Biology. Philosophy of Science 37 (1):1-15.
    The ultimate source of explanation in biology is the principle of natural selection. Natural selection means differential reproduction of genes and gene combinations. It is a mechanistic process which accounts for the existence in living organisms of end-directed structures and processes. It is argued that teleological explanations in biology are not only acceptable but indeed indispensable. There are at least three categories of biological phenomena where teleological explanations are appropriate.
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  22. Robert C. Baldwin (1936). Teleology and the Idea of Value. Journal of Philosophy 33 (5):113-124.
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  23. Hynek Bartoš (2010). Aristotle and His Hippocratic Precursors on Health and Natural Teleology. Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science:7-27.
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  24. John Basl (2012). Nothing Good Will Come From Giving Up on Aetiological Accounts of Teleology. Philosophy and Technology 25 (4):543-546.
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  25. William Bechtel (1986). Teleological Functional Analyses and the Hierarchical Organization of Nature. In Nicholas Rescher (ed.), Current Issues in Teleology. University Press of America. 26--48.
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  26. William P. Bechtel & Jennifer Mundale (1996). Integrating Neuroscience, Psychology, and Evolutionary Biology Through a Teleological Conception of Function. Minds and Machines 6 (4):481-505.
    The idea of integrating evolutionary biology and psychology has great promise, but one that will be compromised if psychological functions are conceived too abstractly and neuroscience is not allowed to play a contructive role. We argue that the proper integration of neuroscience, psyychology, and evolutionary biology requires a telelogical as opposed to a merely componential analysis of function. A teleological analysis is required in neuroscience itself; we point to traditional and curent research methods in neuroscience, which make critical use of (...)
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  27. Morton Beckner (1969). Function and Teleology. Journal of the History of Biology 2 (1):151 - 164.
    The view of teleology sketched in the above remarks seems to me to offer a piece of candy to both the critics and guardians of teleology. The critics want to defend against a number of things: the importation of unverifiable theological or metaphysical doctrines into the sciences; the idea that goals somehow act in favor of their won realization; and the view that biological systems require for their study concepts and patterns of explanation unlike anything employed in the physical sciences. (...)
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  28. Morton Beckner (1968). The Biological Way of Thought. Berkeley, University of California Press.
  29. Mark Bedau (1993). Naturalism and Teleology. In Steven J. Wagner & Richard Warner (eds.), Journal of Philosophy. University of Notre Dame Press. 23--51.
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  30. Mark Bedau (1992). Goal-Directed Systems and the Good. The Monist 75 (1):34-51.
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  31. Mark Bedau (1992). Where's the Good in Teleology? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52 (4):781-806.
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  32. Mark Bedau (1991). Can Biological Teleology Be Naturalized? Journal of Philosophy 88 (11):647-655.
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  33. Mark Bedau (1990). Against Mentalism in Teleology. American Philosophical Quarterly 27 (1):61 - 70.
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  34. Charles G. Bell (1948). Mechanistic Replacement of Purpose in Biology. Philosophy of Science 15 (1):47-51.
  35. Sylvia Berryman (2007). Teleology Without Tears: Aristotle and the Role of Mechanistic Conceptions of Organisms. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (3):351-369.
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  36. Czeslaw Biedulski (1973). Teleological Interpretation of Nature by Polisch Neothomists. Roczniki Filozoficzne 21 (3):124.
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  37. Harry Binswanger (1992). Life-Based Teleology and the Foundations of Ethics. The Monist 75 (1):84-103.
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  38. Jonathan Birch (2012). Robust Processes and Teleological Language. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 3 (3):299-312.
    I consider some hitherto unexplored examples of teleological language in the sciences. In explicating these examples, I aim to show (a) that such language is not the sole preserve of the biological sciences, and (b) that not all such talk is reducible to the ascription of functions. In chemistry and biochemistry, scientists explaining molecular rearrangements and protein folding talk informally of molecules rearranging “in order to” maximize stability. Evolutionary biologists, meanwhile, often speak of traits evolving “in order to” optimize some (...)
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  39. Ned Block (1971). Are Mechanistic and Teleological Explanations of Behaviour Incompatible? Philosophical Quarterly 21 (April):109-117.
  40. Marcelo D. Boeri (1995). Chance and Teleology in Aristotle's Physics. International Philosophical Quarterly 35 (1):87-96.
  41. Michael Boylan (1984). The Place of Nature in Aristotle's Teleology. Apeiron 18 (2):126 - 140.
  42. Michael Boylan (1981). Mechanism and Teleology in Aristotle's Biology. Apeiron 15 (2):96 - 102.
  43. Robert Boyle (1688). A Disquisition About the Final Causes of Natural Things Wherein It is Inquir'd Whether, and with What Cautions, a Naturalist Should Admit Them? Printed by H.C. For John Taylor.
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  44. Michael Bradie (1987). Nicholas Rescher, Ed., Current Issues in Teleology Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 7 (1):22-24.
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  45. R. B. Braithwaite (1946). Teleological Explanation: The Presidential Address. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 47.
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  46. Robert N. Brandon (1984). Grene on Mechanism and Reductionism: More Than Just a Side Issue. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:345 - 353.
    In this paper the common association between ontological reductionism and a methodological position called 'Mechanism' is discussed. Three major points are argued for: (1) Mechanism is not to be identified with reductionism in any of its forms; in fact, mechanism leads to a non-reductionist ontology. (2) Biological methodology is thoroughly mechanistic. (3) Mechanism is compatible with at least one form of teleology. Along the way the nature and value of scientific explanations, some recent controversies in biology and why reductionism has (...)
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  47. Robert N. Brandon (1981). Biological Teleology: Questions and Explanations. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 12 (2):91-105.
    This paper gives an account of evolutionary explanations in biology. Briefly, the explanations I am primarily concerned with are explanations of adaptations . These explanations are contrasted with other nonteleological evolutionary explanations. The distinction is made by distinguishing the different kinds of questions these different explanations serve to answer. The sense in which explanations of adaptations are teleological is spelled out.
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  48. Hugh Bredin (1978). Teleology. Philosophical Studies 26:338-340.
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  49. Raymundo de Farias Brito (1947). Finalidade Do Mundo Estudos de Filosofia E Teleologia Naturalista. Ministério da Educação E Cultura, Instituto Nacional Do Livro.
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  50. C. D. Broad (1918). Mechanical Explanation and Its Alternatives. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 19:86 - 124.
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