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What Biological Functions Are and Why They Matter, Hardback Book

What Biological Functions Are and Why They Matter Hardback


The biological functions debate is a perennial topic in the philosophy of science.

In the first full-length account of the nature and importance of biological functions for many years, Justin Garson presents an innovative new theory, the 'generalized selected effects theory of function', which seamlessly integrates evolutionary and developmental perspectives on biological functions.

He develops the implications of the theory for contemporary debates in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of medicine and psychiatry, the philosophy of biology, and biology itself, addressing issues ranging from the nature of mental representation to our understanding of the function of the human genome.

Clear, jargon-free, and engagingly written, with accessible examples and explanatory diagrams to illustrate the discussion, his book will be highly valuable for readers across philosophical and scientific disciplines.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 246 pages, Worked examples or Exercises; 17 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology
  • ISBN: 9781108472593



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