Biology and Philosophy 11 (1):1-20 (1996)

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Stephen Asma
Columbia College Chicago
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Traditionally, Darwin has been grouped with the functionalists because natural selection (an adaptational mechanism) plays the prominent role in shaping organic form. In this paper, I sketch the dichotomy of functionalism versus structuralism and then argue that Darwin cannot be characterized adequately with this dichotomy. I argue that Darwin can incorporate both causal stories because he makes two important modifications to the traditional metaphysical presuppositions. I then offer some brief reflections on the import of Darwin's causal pluralism for the Philosophy of Science.
Keywords Darwin  functionalism  structuralism  causal pluralism
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DOI 10.1007/BF00127469
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