How to Be a Function Pluralist

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 69 (4):1101-1122 (2018)
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I distinguish two forms of pluralism about biological functions, between-discipline pluralism and within-discipline pluralism. Between-discipline pluralism holds that different theories of function are appropriate for different subdisciplines of biology and psychology. I provide reasons for rejecting this view. Instead, I recommend within-discipline pluralism, which emphasizes the plurality of function concepts at play within any given subdiscipline of biology and psychology.

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Justin Garson
Hunter College (CUNY)


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