In defense of proper functions

Philosophy of Science 56 (June):288-302 (1989)
Abstract
I defend the historical definition of "function" originally given in my Language, Thought and Other Biological Categories (1984a). The definition was not offered in the spirit of conceptual analysis but is more akin to a theoretical definition of "function". A major theme is that nonhistorical analyses of "function" fail to deal adequately with items that are not capable of performing their functions
Keywords Definition  Function  History  Language
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DOI 10.1086/289488
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