Functions as based on a concept of general design

Krohs U (2009)
Synthese 166(1): 69-89.

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Looking for an adequate explication of the concept of a biological function, several authors have proposed to link function to design. Unfortunately, known explications of biological design in turn refer to functions. The concept of general design I will introduce here breaks up this circle. I specify design with respect to its ontogenetic role. This allows function to be based on design without making reference to the history of the design, or to the phylogeny of an organism, while retaining the normative aspect of function ascriptions. The concept is applicable to the function and design of technical artifacts as well. Several problems well known with other definitions can be overcome by this approach.
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Krohs U. Functions as based on a concept of general design. Synthese. 2009;166(1):69-89.
Krohs, U. (2009). Functions as based on a concept of general design. Synthese, 166(1), 69-89.
Krohs, U. (2009). Functions as based on a concept of general design. Synthese 166, 69-89.
Krohs, U., 2009. Functions as based on a concept of general design. Synthese, 166(1), p 69-89.
U. Krohs, “Functions as based on a concept of general design”, Synthese, vol. 166, 2009, pp. 69-89.
Krohs, U.: Functions as based on a concept of general design. Synthese. 166, 69-89 (2009).
Krohs, Ulrich. “Functions as based on a concept of general design”. Synthese 166.1 (2009): 69-89.
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