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The etiological approach to the concept of biological function

Karla Chediak

pp. 161-169

The etiological approach to the concept of biological function, also called teleological or historical, aims to offer an explanation of the function, answering the question of why a trait, organ, biological system or behavior is present in the living organism to which it belongs, performing a functional role.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9422-3_11

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Chediak, K. (2011)., The etiological approach to the concept of biological function, in D. Krause & A. Videira (eds.), Brazilian studies in philosophy and history of science, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 161-169.

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