Biological teleology: Questions and explanations


Journal Article

This paper gives an account of evolutionary explanations in biology. Briefly, the explanations I am primarily concerned with are explanations of adaptations. ('Adaptation' is a technical term and defining it requires a fairly lengthy digression.) These explanations are contrasted with other nonteleological evolutionary explanations. The distinction is made by distinguishing the different kinds of questions these different explanations serve to answer. The sense in which explanations of adaptations are teleological is spelled out. © 1981.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brandon, RN

Published Date

  • January 1, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 91 - 105

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-3681

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0039-3681(81)90015-7

Citation Source

  • Scopus