A Kantian Stance on Teleology in Biology

South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (2):109 - 121 (2007)
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Alix Cohen
University of Edinburgh
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The aim of this paper is to show firstly why Kant believes we should hang on to teleology, and, secondly, that his views on the matter are still relevant to contemporary epistemology despite the fact that theories of evolution now allow purely mechanical explanations of organic processes. By considering Kant’s account in light of that of Daniel Dennett, I elucidate what I believe to be the strength of Kant’s theory, namely, the pragmatic role it assigns to reflective teleological principles. (edited)
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