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Norms of Nature : Naturalism and the Nature of Functions (Hardcover)

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What, then, are the norms of nature? Whence do they arise? Out of what natural properties or relations are they constituted? In "Norms of Nature," Paul Sheldon Davies argues against the prevailing view that natural norms are constituted out of some form of historical success--usually success in natural selection. He defends the view that functions are nothing more than effects that contribute to the exercise of some more general systemic capacity. Natural functions exist insofar as the components of natural systems contribute to the exercise of systemic capacities. This is so irrespective of the system's history. Even if the mammalian eye had never been selected for, it would have the function of perceiving and processing light, because those are the effects that contribute to the exercise of the visual system. The systemic approach to conceptualizing natural norms, claims Davies, is superior to the historical approach in several important ways. Especially significant is that it helps us understand how the attribution of functions within the life sciences coheres with the methods and ontology of the natural sciences generally.

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Publisher Mit Pr
Mfg Part# 9780262041874
SKU 205072066
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0262041871
Release Date 5/6/2013
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