Teleology and the product analogy

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 75 (1):21 – 37 (1997)
This article presents an analogical account of the meaning of function attributions in biology. To say that something has a function analogizes it with an artifact, but since the analogy rests on a necessary (but possibly insufficient) basis, function statements can still be assessed as true or false in an objective sense.
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