Functional Anatomy: A Taxonomic Proposal

Acta Biotheoretica 53 (3):153-166 (2005)
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It is argued that medical science requires a classificatory system that (a) puts functions in the taxonomic center and (b) does justice ontologically to the difference between the processes which are the realizations of functions and the objects which are their bearers. We propose formulae for constructing such a system and describe some of its benefits. The arguments are general enough to be of interest to all the life sciences.

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Barry Smith
State University of New York, Buffalo


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