Traits have evolved to function the way they do because of a past advantage

In Francisco José Ayala & Robert Arp (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 53--71 (2009)
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This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction Function and Malfunction Function and Evolution Function Based on Past Origins Biological Functions Based on the Distant Past: Natural Selection Fitness and Goal‐Contribution Accounts Neo‐Teleology Looking at the Present: Causal Roles and Functions Evolution Bites Back: Vindication of the Selectionist Approach Postscript: Counterpoint Acknowledgments Notes References.

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