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  1. Functions as Selected Effects: The Conceptual Analyst's Defense.Karen Neander - 1991 - Philosophy of Science 58 (2):168-184.
    In this paper I defend an etiological theory of biological functions (according to which the proper function of a trait is the effect for which it was selected by natural selection) against three objections which have been influential. I argue, contrary to Millikan, that it is wrong to base our defense of the theory on a rejection of conceptual analysis, for conceptual analysis does have an important role in philosophy of science. I also argue that biology requires a normative notion (...)
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    Toward an Informational Teleosemantics.Karen Neander - 2013 - In Dan Ryder, Justine Kingsbury & Kenneth Williford (eds.), Millikan and Her Critics. Wiley. pp. 21--40.
  3. The Teleological Notion of 'Function'.Karen Neander - 1991 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 69 (4):454 – 468.
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  4. Misrepresenting and Malfunctioning.Karen Neander - 1995 - Philosophical Studies 79 (2):109-41.
  5. Teleological Theories of Mental Content.Karen Neander - 2004 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Pruning the Tree of Life.Karen Neander - 1995 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (1):59-80.
    argue that natural selection does not explain the genotypic arid phenotypic properties of individuals. On this view, natural selection explains the adaptedness of individuals, not by explaining why the individuals that exist have the adaptations they do, but rather by explaining why the individuals that exist are the ones with those adaptations. This paper argues that this ‘Negative’ view of natural selection ignores the fact that natural selection is a cumulative selection process. So understood, it explains how the genetic sequences (...)
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  7. Swampman Meets Swampcow.Karen Neander - 1996 - Mind and Language 11 (1):118-29.
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    The Division of Phenomenal Labor: A Problem for Representationalist Theories of Consciousness.Karen Neander - 1998 - Philosophical Perspectives 12 (S12):411-34.
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    Are Homologies (Selected Effect or Causal Role) Function Free?Alex Rosenberg & Karen Neander - 2009 - Philosophy of Science 76 (3):307-334.
    This article argues that at least very many judgments of homology rest on prior attributions of selected‐effect (SE) function, and that many of the “parts” of biological systems that are rightly classified as homologous are constituted by (are so classified in virtue of) their consequence etiologies. We claim that SE functions are often used in the prior identification of the parts deemed to be homologous and are often used to differentiate more restricted homologous kinds within less restricted ones. In doing (...)
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  10. Explaining Complex Adaptations: A Reply to Sober's 'Reply to Neander'.Karen Neander - 1995 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (4):583-587.
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    Solving the Circularity Problem for Functions: A Response to Nanay.Karen Neander & Alex Rosenberg - 2012 - Journal of Philosophy 109 (10):613-622.
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  12. Content for Cognitive Science.Karen Neander - 2006 - In Graham F. Macdonald & David Papineau (eds.), Teleosemantics. Oxford University Press.
     
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  13. Malfunctioning and Misrepresenting.Karen Neander - 1995 - Philosophical Studies 79:109-141.
     
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    What Does Natural Selection Explain? Correction to Sober.Karen Neander - 1988 - Philosophy of Science 55 (3):422-426.
    In this paper I argue against Sober's claim that natural selection does not explain the traits of individuals. Sober argues that natural selection only explains the distribution of traits in a population. My point is that the explanation of an individual's traits involves us in a description of the individual's ancestry, and in an explanation of the distribution of traits in that ancestral population. Thus Sober is wrong, natural selection is part of the explanation of the traits of individuals.
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    15. Types of Traits: The Importance of Functional Homologues.Karen Neander - 2002 - In Andre Ariew, Robert C. Cummins & Mark Perlman (eds.), Functions: New Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology and Biology. Oxford University Press. pp. 390.
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    Solving the Circularity Problem for Functions.Karen Neander & Alex Rosenberg - 2012 - Journal of Philosophy 109 (10):613-622.
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  17. Fitness and the Fate of Unicorns.Karen Neander - 1999 - In Valerie Gray Hardcastle (ed.), Where Biology Meets Psychology. MIT Press.
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    Functional Analysis and the Species Design.Karen Neander - forthcoming - Synthese:1-22.
    This paper argues that a minimal notion of function and a notion of normal-proper function are used in explaining how bodies and brains operate. Neither is Cummins’ notion, as originally defined, and yet his is often taken to be the clearly relevant notion for such an explanatory context. This paper also explains how adverting to normal-proper functions, even if these are selected functions, can play a significant scientific role in the operational explanations of complex systems that physiologists and neurophysiologists provide, (...)
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  19. Biological Approaches to Mental Representation.Karen Neander - 2007 - In Mohan Matthen & Christopher Stephens (eds.), Philosophy of Biology. Elsevier.
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    Pictorial Representation: A Matter of Resemblance.Karen Neander - 1987 - British Journal of Aesthetics 27 (3):213-226.
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  21. Types of Traits. Function, Structure, and Homology in the Classification of Traits.Karen Neander - 2002 - In André Ariew (ed.), Functions. Oxford University Press. pp. 402--422.
     
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    Les Explications Fonctionnelles.Karen Neander - 2009 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 134 (1):5.
    On dit souvent que, tandis que la biologie de l'évolution utilise un concept étiologique de fonction (la fonction d'un trait biologique n'est autre que son effet sélectionné), la physiologie prend appui sur un autre concept de fonction, celui de rôle causal. Cependant, un examen plus attentif montre que le concept non normatif de rôle causal n'est pas ce dont la physiologie générale ou la neurophysiologie ont besoin. Ces disciplines font un large usage de notions comme celles de bon fonctionnement, de (...)
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    Dretske's Innate Modesty.Karen Neander - 1996 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 74 (2):258-74.
  24. Teleological Theories of Mental Content: Can Darwin Solve the Problem of Intentionality?Karen Neander - 2007 - In Michael Ruse (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology. Oxford University Press.
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  25. The Narrow and the Normative.Karen Neander - manuscript
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    Peacocke on Primitive Self-Representation.Karen Neander - 2016 - Analysis 76 (3):324-334.
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    David Owens on Levels of Explanation.Karen Neander & Peter Menzies - 1990 - Mind 99 (395):459-466.
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    The Function of Cognition: Godfrey-Smith's Environmental Complexity Thesis. [REVIEW]Karen Neander - 1997 - Biology and Philosophy 12 (4):567-580.
  29. Misrepresenting & Malfunctioning.Karen Neander - 1995 - Philosophical Studies 79 (2):109-141.
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    The Division of Phenomenal Labor: A Problem for Representational Theories of Consciousness.Karen Neander - 1998 - Noûs 32 (S12):411-434.
  31. J. Haugeland: "Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea". [REVIEW]Karen Neander - 1988 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 66:269.
     
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    Moths and Metaphors. Review Essay on Organisms and Artifacts: Design in Nature and Elsewhere by Tim Lewens. [REVIEW]Karen Neander - 2006 - Biology and Philosophy 21 (4):591-602.
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  33. Mental Representation.Karen Neander - forthcoming - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  34. Modelling the Mind Edited.Karen Neander - 1992 - Philosophical Books 33 (2):98-100.
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