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Title Functions in biological and artificial worlds : comparative philosophical perspectives / edited by Ulrich Krohs and Peter Kroes
Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 302 pages) : illustrations
Series Vienna series in theoretical biology
Vienna series in theoretical biology.
Contents Introduction -- Philosophical perspectives on organismic and artifactual functions / Ulrich Krohs and Peter Kroes -- Bridging functions of organisms and artifacts -- Changing the mission of theories of teleology : dos and don'ts for thinking about function / Mark Perlman -- Biological and cultural proper functions in comparative perspective / Beth Preston -- How biological, cultural, and intended functions combine / Françoise Longy -- On unification : taking technical functions as objective (and biological functions as subjective) / Pieter E. Vermaas -- Functions and normativity -- Functions and norms / Peter McLaughlin -- The inherent normativity of functions in biology and technology / Maarten Franssen -- Conceptual conservatism : the case of normative functions / Paul Sheldon Davies -- Ecological restoration : from functional descriptions to normative prescriptions / Andrew Light -- Functions and classification -- Being for : a philosophical hypothesis about the structure of functional knowledge / Giacomo Romano -- Realism and artifact kinds / Marzia Soavi -- A device-oriented definition of functions of artifacts and its perspectives / Yoshinobu Kitamura and Riichiro Mizoguchi -- Evolutionary perspectives -- The open border : two cases of concept transfer from organisms to artifacts / Wybo Houkes -- Innovation and population / Tim Lewens -- The cost of modularity / Ulrich Krohs -- Technical artifacts, engineering practice, and emergence / Peter Kroes
Summary This text features investigations into the relationship between organism and artifacts from the perspective of functionality
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Biology -- Philosophy.
Technology -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
Author Kroes, Peter, 1950-
Krohs, Ulrich.
ISBN 0262255278 (electronic bk.)
9780262255271 (electronic bk.)
(hard cover)
(hard cover)