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Functions and Functioning in Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and in Ecology

Millstein, Roberta L. (2019) Functions and Functioning in Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and in Ecology. [Preprint]

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Abstract

I examine the use of the term function in Aldo Leopold's land ethic, invoked as: 1) the healthy functioning of the land community, which is dependent on 2) the maintenance of the characteristic functions of populations that are parts of the land community. The latter can be understood as referring to interactions between species that are the products of coevolution (such as parasite-host, predator-prey, etc.), and thus, in terms of the “selected effect” account of function. The performance of these functions under certain conditions maintain what Leopold took to be the healthy functioning of a land community.


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Millstein, Roberta L.rlmillstein@ucdavis.edu0000-0002-6493-6428
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Philosophy of Science with symposia from PSA 2017.
Keywords: function, functioning, selected effects, ecology, Land Ethic, Aldo Leopold, coevolution
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Depositing User: Dr. Roberta L. Millstein
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2019 18:08
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 18:08
Item ID: 16471
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Date: September 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16471

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