Function and Teleology
Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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Buller, D. J. 2001. Function and Teleology. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
The biological concept of function appears teleological, implying goal directedness or purpose. Ever since the scientific revolution, however, teleology has appeared inconsistent with fundamental scientific principles. Philosophers of biology have attempted to explicate the concept of function so as to make it simultaneously teleological and scientifically acceptable.