Biological Functions: A Critical Review and A Proposal




teleology, philosophy of biology, etiology, organizational theory, normativity


This research aims to propose a new theory to account for the functions of biological objects. For this, I will show that the most accepted theories of biological functions fail, and then I will propose a new alternative that overcomes the given counterexamples. The research is divided into the following questions: i) appealing to various counterexamples, noting that there is no robust theory capable of accounting for the phenomenon; finally ii) I will give a minimal provisional / operational theory, which allows us to continue incorporating the functional dimension of the features.

Author Biography

Nicolás Alarcón, Universidad Andrés Bello

Profesor hora Universidad Andrés Bello


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How to Cite

Alarcón, N. (2022). Biological Functions: A Critical Review and A Proposal. Revista De Humanidades De Valparaíso, (19), 395–409.