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Edmond Goblot’s (1858-1935) Selected Effects Theory of Function: A Reappraisal

Garson, Justin (2020) Edmond Goblot’s (1858-1935) Selected Effects Theory of Function: A Reappraisal. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, the French philosopher of science Edmond Goblot wrote three prescient papers on function and teleology. He advanced the remarkable thesis that functions are, as a matter of conceptual analysis, selected effects. He also argued that “selection” must be understood broadly to include both evolutionary natural selection and intelligent design. Here, I do three things. First, I give an overview of Goblot’s thought. Second, I identify his core thesis about function. Third, I argue that, despite its ingenuity, Goblot’s expansive construal of “function” cannot be right. Still, Goblot deserves (long-overdue) credit for his work.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Garson, Justinjgarson@hunter.cuny.edu0000-0002-0210-2989
Keywords: Philosophy of biology; Edmond Goblot; biological function; selected effects
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Justin Garson
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 04:55
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 04:55
Item ID: 17601
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 21 July 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17601

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